Explaining in the Primary School / Edition 2

Explaining in the Primary School / Edition 2

by Ted Wragg, George A Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415249554

ISBN-13: 9780415249553

Pub. Date: 10/12/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book is one of a set of eight innovative yet practical resource books for teachers, focussing on the classroom and covering vital skills for primary and secondary teachers. The books are strongly influenced by the findings of numerous research projects during which hundreds of teachers were observed at work. The first editions of the series were best sellers,

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This book is one of a set of eight innovative yet practical resource books for teachers, focussing on the classroom and covering vital skills for primary and secondary teachers. The books are strongly influenced by the findings of numerous research projects during which hundreds of teachers were observed at work. The first editions of the series were best sellers, and these revised second editions will be equally welcomed by teachers eager to improve their teaching skills. Ted Wragg and George Brown show what explanation is and what it aims to do. The book explores the various strategies open to teachers and, through a combination of activities and discussion points, helps them to build up a repertoire of ideas, approaches and techniques which are suitable for various situations, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of their explanations in the classroom. Along the way it covers such issues as:
*the use of an appropriate language register
*the place of analogies *building on children's questions
*coping strategies for effective explanation
The ability to explain something clearly is a skill which effective teachers use every day. Explanation is the foundation on which the success or failure of a great deal of other forms of teaching can rest. Well done, it saves time and provides motivation. Badly done, it produces uncertainty, or even puts children off their studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415249553
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/12/2001
Series:
Successful Teaching Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.19(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Aims and content1
Unit 1What is explaining?5
Main features of explanations7
The pupil's perspective10
Unit 2Strategies of explanation15
Different approaches16
The broad strategies19
Unit 3Analysing explanations29
Quantitative analysis30
Qualitative analysis31
Levels and types of thinking33
Pupils explaining37
Using schedules38
Unit 4Knowing the subject matter43
Mastering subject matter44
Explaining concepts46
Written explanations49
Coping strategies51
Unit 5Effective explaining55
Main features of effective explaining55
The pupil's perspective57
Discover or be told?59
Effecting creativity?62
Unit 6Feedback65
Evaluating explanations66
General feedback - research findings, expert views, pupil views70
References74

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