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Cross-Curricular Learning 3-14

Cross-Curricular Learning 3-14

Second Edition

328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This second edition of Cross-curricular learning 3-14 explores the key practical and theoretical issues underpinning cross-curricular teaching and learning. Using an accessible research-informed approach strongly rooted in the realities of teaching it introduces the scientific and educational evidence supporting the introduction of cross-curricular approaches alongside techniques to put the theories into practice, including important preparatory aspects such as planning and assessment.

Revised and updated to reflect current curriculum policy and contemporary research, this second edition includes:

" an overview of current curriculum developments, and the implications for cross-curricular approaches

" updated coverage of cross-curricular planning and best practice

" a range of new case studies across the 3-14 age range exploring the practical application of cross-curricular and creative approaches to teaching

" Expanded coverage of sociological and social psychological theories of learning.

This book is essential reading for students on teacher education courses across the 3-14 age range, and practising teachers considering cross-curricular approaches to learning.

What Should Schooling in the 21st Century Look Like?
Cross-Curricular Policy and Practice
What Does Good Cross-Curricular Practice Look Like?
Social Perspectives on the Learning Journey
What Does Neuroscience Tell Us about Cross-Curricular Learning?
Psychology and Cross-Curricular Learning
Cross-Curricular Pedagogies
What Principles Should We Apply?
What Themes Are Suitable for Cross-Curricular Learning?
How Can We Assess Cross-Curricular and Creative Learning?
How Should We Plan for Cross-Curricular Activity?
Key Issues for Debate

'Although Barnes shows how the principles for cross-curricular learning are based on research it is a very practical book...This book would be a very valuable source of ideas for discussions with the teaching staff'
-Dennis Fox (Nottinghamshire Association of Governors), Governing Matters

'Inspiring, engaging and thought provoking, this book represents a rich professional resource for principled and reflective educators who want to develop a holistic, values centred approach to learning. Packed with creative examples and young people’s voices as well as intriguing visuals, this highly accessible yet scholarly text is a real gem' -
Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education,
The Open University

'Barnes gives an overview of educational policies that refer to cross-curricular learning. In this new edition, this chapter has been enriched immensely by incorporating recent reports, such as the Rose and Alexander reviews...another one of the many strong features of this book (and why it would be enormously suitable for Teacher Trainees and CPD working parties) are the 'Key questions for discussion''
-Rene Koglbauer, Learning and Teaching Update

This book will provide additional supplemental material for students on our UG Course

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester Univ.
November 28, 2013

Very current

Mrs Louise Wormwell
Department of Education, Newman University College
July 2, 2013

an excellent core text to support both early years and teacher trainig

Carol Rogers
Department of Education (High Wycombe), Bucks New University
December 17, 2012

This book is more suitable for degree courses in the education sector. It is a useful supplement for level 3 courses to extend student learning and development to prepare them for the level of text required for University.
An informative and clearly presented book which is easy to read and covers a range of topics in the curriculum, research, psychology and theory into practice.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
November 11, 2012

An excellent book which is easily accessible and enables teachers to think about how they can build and develop cross curricular work into their teaching and planning. I use this with student teachers when exploring cross-curricular and outside of the classroom learning.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 9, 2012

This is a recommended text for our cross-curricular humanities course.

School of Education, Roehampton University
October 11, 2012

A fantastic overview of cross curricular approaches to learning- well grounded in theory.

Miss Elizabeth Taylor
Please select your department, Please select your institution
September 27, 2012

I will be adding this text to my supplementary reading list for a module on our BSc Education single and combined programmes called Curriculum Design - as part of that module we look at various curriculum design issues and hence the area of cross-curricular design is usefully covered by this text across a broad age spectrum. We also have modules whereby students go out into schools and other learning environments to gain experiential learning as well as PGCE programmes and hence this text will clearly be useful for several of our modules on our Education programmes and also for our PGCE students.

Dr Julie Price
School of Education, Southampton University
July 30, 2012

Whilst this title does not relate to a key area of focus on our course, we are keen to promote cross curricular learning (primarily from the point of view of literacy across the curriculum as this relates to the specialism of our course). A new title in this area is welcome.

Karen Lockney
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
April 30, 2012


  • A new chapter on social learning
    and sociological perspectives. 
  • A new chapter on public policy related to cross-curricular approaches
    in the last 20 years.
  • Updated research and many new references to
    current government perspectives on learning and teaching.  
  • Revised further reading sections
  • Large sections of each existing chapter rewritten in the light of peer
    feedback especially including more key stage 3 examples, more examples and
    references to Scottish, Welsh and Irish curricula
  • New case studies
  • More
    reference to the social and emotional aspects of learning.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University and a National Teaching Fellow.  He has taught and researched for the last 50 years throughout Asia and Africa and in primary, secondary schools and prisons in England. He was a primary head teacher between 1992 and 2000. Since then he has combined work in primary Initial Teacher Education with continuing research and teaching in the arts and humanities in primary and nursery education.  His books and published research on Cross-Curricular Learning, teachers’ values and diversity are widely used throughout teacher education. In 2017 with peace... More About Author