Explaining in the Primary School / Edition 2

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Aims and content 1
Unit 1 What is explaining? 5
Main features of explanations 7
The pupil's perspective 10
Unit 2 Strategies of explanation 15
Different approaches 16
The broad strategies 19
Unit 3 Analysing explanations 29
Quantitative analysis 30
Qualitative analysis 31
Levels and types of thinking 33
Pupils explaining 37
Using schedules 38
Unit 4 Knowing the subject matter 43
Mastering subject matter 44
Explaining concepts 46
Written explanations 49
Coping strategies 51
Unit 5 Effective explaining 55
Main features of effective explaining 55
The pupil's perspective 57
Discover or be told? 59
Effecting creativity? 62
Unit 6 Feedback 65
Evaluating explanations 66
General feedback - research findings, expert views, pupil views 70
References 74
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