What is it really like to be a teacher in today's demanding classrooms?

The authors of this book spoke to teachers, parents and students in the UK, Asia, America and Australia and had some shocking responses to their questions. By looking at highly topical issues within teaching, such as teacher stress and teacher workload, they uncover an often bleak picture where individuals are frequently stretched to breaking point as they endeavour to ‘make a difference’.

Issues examined include:

the frustrations facing those trying to make inclusive education work in practice; the effects of constantly changing policies on the staff required to implement them; the loss of status the teaching profession has experienced; why so many are choosing to leave the job; what happens to those who stay and fight

This fascinating read will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching, school leadership and educational policy.

It's the Same the Whole World over: What Happens in Other Countries?

It's the Same the Whole World over: What Happens in Other Countries?

It's the same the whole world over: What happens in other countries?

This chapter examines research on teachers' working lives in four other countries (Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand) all with certain similarities to UK schooling, practices subsumed from the period when these countries had formal links with the crown. The fact that workloads are increasing despite the different forms of governance (central vs federal), schooling (primary vs secondary) and classroom organisation (mixed ability vs streams and bands) suggests that there may be underlying common features beyond the bureaucratic and administrative procedures that are seen as the prime cause of teachers' dissatisfaction.

The Canadian Experience

Canada is not only a country of ten provinces ...

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