Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School

Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School

by Rosemary Webb


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“With care, and in partnership with others, it may yet be possible to overcome contemporary dilemmas and to provide the high quality, rounded and fulfilling education for all to which so many aspire. This book helps considerably in understanding contemporary problems and challenges in primary education – it is important, timely and deserves to be widely read.”

Andrew Pollard, Institute of Education, London

  • What is the impact of New Labour’s education policies on primary schools?
  • What are the main lessons to be learned from recent research on primary schools?
  • What are the implications for the future of primary education?

In this topical book, leading academics in primary education evaluate New Labour’s Education policy. They draw on the findings of the latest research to discuss the impact of policies on primary school practice and on the views and experiences of primary school teachers and pupils. Current issues and initiatives are analysed to identify the extent to which policy is shaped by past events, trends and assumptions. The contributors consider the future of primary education, offer recommendations at school, LEA and national level, and make suggestions for future research.

Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School emphasises the central importance of taking children’s perspectives into account when making changes in policy and practice. By focusing predominantly on teaching and learning at Key Stage 2, the book addresses the imbalance between the range and depth of information offered on pre-school and infant education and that available on junior teaching.

This is key reading for students on primary initial teacher training programmes, Education Studies students, primary school teachers and classroom assistants, as well as education researchers and school leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335219506
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     vii
Preface   Andrew Pollard     xi
Introduction   Rosemary Webb     1
Education Policy under New Labour   Graham Vulliamy   Rosemary Webb     9
National Policy on Primary Education: Inconsistency and Uncertainty over the Whole Curriculum   Jim Campbell     18
Teachers' Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in a Performativity Culture   Rosemary Webb     33
From 'TA' to Assessment for Learning: The Impact of Assessment Policy on Teachers' Assessment Practice   Caroline Gipps   Bet McCallum   Eleanore Hargreaves   Alison Pickering     47
Pupils' Views of the School Experience   Cedric Cullingford     60
Learning to Love Learning? - What the Pupils Think   Yolande Muschamp   Kate Bullock     71
New Technologies and 'New Teaching': a Process of Evolution?   Gary Beauchamp     81
Pedagogy at Key Stage Two: Teaching through Pupil-Teacher Partnership   Peter Silcock   Mark Brundrett     92
Promoting Inclusive Education: from 'Expertism' to Sustainable Inclusive Practices   Elias Avramidis     103
Teaching Strategies for Pupils with SEN: Specialist or Inclusive Pedagogy?   Ruth Kershner   Lani Florian     115
Widening the Inclusion Agenda: Policy, Practice and Language Diversity in the Primary Curriculum   Jean Conteh     128
The Butterfly Effect: Teaching Assistants and Workforce Reform in Primary Schools   Hilary Burgess     139
What a Performance! The Impact of Performance Management and Threshold Assessment on the Work and Lives of Primary Teachers   Ian Menter   Pat Mahony   Ian Hextall     149
Leading and Managing Teaching and Learning   Linda Hammersley-Fletcher   Rosemary Webb     161
Primary Teacher Professionalism   Graham Vulliamy     173
References     185
Index     215

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