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Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Second Edition
Edited by:

August 2018 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook gives you guidance and insights into the knowledge, values and commitments necessary to succeed in the primary classroom, supported by links to theory and research literature and realistic scenarios you may encounter as a new teacher.

Fully updated throughout, key features of this second edition include:

·         A new chapter on inclusive education

·         Newly expanded coverage of digital learning, engaging with educational research and the role of the primary teacher

·         New ‘View from Practice’ examples

·         Cross-referenced links to the Teachers’ Standards in England and the GTCS Professional Standards in Scotland and where they are covered within the book

This is essential reading for professional studies modules on primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct) and employment-based routes into teaching. 

Mike Carroll and Margaret McCulloch
Chapter 1: The context for primary education in the twenty-first century
Julie McAdam and Jennifer Farrar
Chapter 2: Childhood and diversity
Mary Wingrave
Chapter 3: Early years' education
Mike Carroll
Chapter 4: Models of teaching and learning
Maureen Farrell and A. Graeme Pate
Chapter 5: Planning for learning and teaching in the primary classroom
Margaret McCulloch
Chapter 6: Social and emotional contexts for learning
George Head
Chapter 7: Identity, relationships and behaviour
Margaret McCulloch and Margaret Sutherland
Chapter 8: The evolving concept of inclusive education
Mike Carroll
Chapter 9: Collaborative learning
Mike Carroll and Fiona McGregor
Chapter 10: Integrated learning
Margaret Sutherland and Niamh Stack
Chapter 11: Creating Challenge in the classroom
Louise Hayward and Ernest Spencer
Chapter 12: Assessment for Learning
Alan Britton, Liz Moorse and Mary Young
Chapter 13: Education for citizenship, global citizenship and learning for sustainability
Leonardo Franchi and Leon Robinson
Chapter 14: Spiritual Devolpment
Moyra Boland, Margaret Jago and Jan Macdonald
Chapter 15: Teaching for creativity and creative teaching
Stephen Boyle and David McKinstry
Chapter 16: Digital learning
George MacBride and Margaret McCulloch
Chapter 17: Transitions
Mike Carroll
Chapter 18: Working with other audults
Beth Dickson and Irene McQueen
Chapter 19: How teachers learn: the role of research in teaching
Christine Forde and Margery McMahon
Chapter 20: Teacher leadership and learning: the evolving role of the primary teacher

'Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education covers all the key issues for beginning or developing teachers. The writing style is clear and accessible with ‘Thinking points’ providing opportunities for reflection. The inclusion of links to relevant theory allow the reader to explore areas of interest in greater depth.'

Richard Holme
Lecturer in Education, University of Dundee

This is the second edition of a practical and comprehensive book that is valuable reading for all aspiring teachers, whatever route their training takes (school, university or employment based). Based on practical experience, this textbook gives teachers of the future guidance and insights into the knowledge, values and commitments necessary to succeed in the primary classroom; insights that it can otherwise take much practical experience to accumulate.... An insightful and comprehensive book, ideal for on-going reference.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch
Parents in Touch

A comprehensive reference book including digital learning, creative teaching and research based mindsets for developing teachers

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
August 5, 2022

This wide ranging book introduces trainee teachers to key ideas, concepts and statutory requirements. The broad spread of chapter topics allows students to explore particular ideas, making this an excellent book for students to refer to throughout their course.

Ms Ruth Hunt
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
April 1, 2019

Mike Carroll

Dr Mike Carroll is a retired Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Glasgow. Mike was formerly the Director of the MEd Professional Learning and Enquiry. Mike contributed to a range of masters-level programmes for serving teachers, with a particular interest in the development of leadership at all levels in the school. As a retired member of staff Mike continues to contribute as an Associate Tutor involved in supporting students on school placements as well as working as an Education Consultant contributing to Teacher Induction Programmes. Mike co-edited the successful Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education... More About Author

Margaret McCulloch

Margaret McCulloch is a lecturer in the School of Education, University of Glasgow. She worked for many years as a primary teacher, specialising in Support for Learning, before becoming an Inclusion Development Officer, and she has extensive experience of working collaboratively with parents, teachers and colleagues from other professions. She teaches educational studies, with a particular focus on inclusive education and related issues, on a number of undergraduate programmes. She also works with international students and practising teachers from Scotland on the Masters programme in Inclusive Education: Policy, Practice and Research. Her... More About Author