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Making Learning Happen
A Guide for Post-Compulsory Education

Second Edition


260 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the first edition:

`…an abundant supply of a quality that is often lacking in such books: thoughtful originality, backed up by meaningful experience on the part of the author. The book as a whole is mercifully free of unnecessary jargon, and is accessible and friendly in tone…' - ESCalate

`Race… is without a doubt a master of intelligent simplicity…a serious understanding of the needs of learners is clear behind every page… There is an enormous amount of practical, useful material. I will not be in the least surprised if this book is a runaway success' - Anita Pincas, Lifelong Education and International Development, Institute of Education, London

'Phil Race freely shares his experience and his wise counsel in a text where he emerges from the pages as a clear thinking, clear writing, expert in this field, with much to offer' - John Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Learning Development, the Open University

This Second Edition of Making Learning Happen provides an accessible and practical discussion of teaching and learning for the post-compulsory sector of higher and further education. Central to the book is the author's well-known `ripples on a pond' model of learning, which identifies fundamental factors underpinning successful learning:

  • wanting to learn
  • taking ownership of the need to learn
  • learning by doing
  • learning through feedback
  • making sense of what is being learned
  • deepening learning through explaining, coaching, teaching
  • further deepening learning through assessing - making informed judgements

The book encourages teachers and students to address these factors head-on in a wide range of contexts, including large-group teaching, the design of assessment, small-group work, reflection, and in making good use of formative feedback.

As well as a thorough update based on feedback to the previous version, this edition includes three new chapters:

  • 'designing the curriculum for learning';
  • 'what can I do when…?'providing creative tactics to help address some of the common problems colleagues experience in teaching in post-compulsory education;
  • 'reflective observation', including peer and self observation.

The book is a helpful tool for lecturers and tutors in universities and colleges, post-16 teachers in secondary education, and educational managers. It also provides a valuable resource for postgraduate students on higher and further education courses and staff development courses across UK universities.

Phil Race is Emeritus Professor: Assessment, Learning and Teaching, at Leeds Metropolitan University, and continues to travel widely giving keynotes and running training workshops for staff and students in universities, colleges and other organizations throughout the UK and abroad.

 
Setting the Scene
 
Seven Factors Underpinning Successful Learning
 
Designing the Curriculum for Learning
 
Assessment Driving Learning
 
Learning through Feedback
 
Making Learning Happen in Large Groups
 
Making Learning Happen in Small Groups
 
Responding to Diversity and Widening Participation
 
Addressing Employability
 
What Can I Do When….?
 
Reflective Observation

Praise for the first edition:

`…an abundant supply of a quality that is often lacking in such books: thoughtful originality, backed up by meaningful experience on the part of the author. The book as a whole is mercifully free of unnecessary jargon, and is accessible and friendly in tone…' - ESCalate


`Race… is without a doubt a master of intelligent simplicity…a serious understanding of the needs of learners is clear behind every page… There is an enormous amount of practical, useful material. I will not be in the least surprised if this book is a runaway success' - Anita Pincas, Lifelong Education and International Development, Institute of Education, London


'Phil Race freely shares his experience and his wise counsel in a text where he emerges from the pages as a clear thinking, clear writing, expert in this field, with much to offer' - John Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Learning Development, the Open University


'Excellent resource, especially for those making the transition from practice roles to academia. Phil Race explains his ideas in a way that is simple yet very effective. This book has helped me prepare for my role as a nurse lecturer and helped to reduce many of the stressors I expected to find in entering the classroom environment. The chapter on ‘what can I do when….’  Is invaluable and has already helped me resolve several teaching dilemmas. Highly recommended.'

Paul Smith
Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dundee

Will recommend this to all my PGCE and Cert Ed students so that they begin to dvelop an understanding of their students barriers to learning.

Mr David Eversley
Teacher Education, Manchester College of Arts and Technology
June 16, 2014

As a beginner nurse lecturer, this book offered me some excellent tips to help improve my teaching skills with student nurses. It has been a biblical reference to help me survive thus far.

Mr Paul Smith
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Dundee University
April 22, 2014

Good book to help in teaching, filled with ideas.

Mrs Marcia Dewar
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
February 26, 2014

I was aware of Phil Race and his work but he recently visited the College to train our HE teaching staff and his presentation was inspiring. This let me to re-discover his work by taking an inspection copy of making learning happen. THe book is excellent and will be listed as essential reading from now on.

Mr David Andrews
Education, Grantham College of Further Education
December 5, 2013

Readable book. with alot of good ideas for improving teaching and feedback

Ms Glynis Gibbs
Education , Dundee University
November 28, 2013

This is an excellent book which provides a good insight into learning.

Ms Kathy Stephenson
education childhood inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University
October 11, 2013

An excellent book for encouraging self reflection on practice. The book covers peer observation and how practitioners can develop themselves through self reflection. the book also discusses a range of teaching modes and aspects of assessment design.
A good overall reference book

Mrs Lynn Gray
faculty of business and continuing education, Stow College
September 9, 2013

A highly practical text which will be particularly useful for supporting approaches to teaching.

Miss Hannah Spring
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University College
August 14, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

1: Setting the Scene


Phil Race

Professor Phil Race is passionate about helping people to learn successfully. Now retired from full-time employment, he runs workshops and gives keynotes throughout the UK and abroad, working with university and college staff on teaching, assessment and feedback methods. He is known for his highly participative style and humour, and getting participants working with post-its! He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His wife is Professor Sally Brown, known internationally for her work on fit-for-purpose assessment. Originally a scientist, Phil quickly became interested in teaching and assessment. He has worked at several universities, and is now... More About Author

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