Effective Teaching in Schools: Theory and Practice

Effective Teaching in Schools: Theory and Practice

by Nelson Thornes Limited


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The third edition of this immensely successful book has been thoroughly updated to take account of changes in policy and practice, and includes material which addresses the new professional standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and beyond. The revisions also address the needs of those undertaking masters level work as part of their initial teacher training programme. The book retains its accessible style, and makes authoritative use of theoretical writings and research findings to inform our understanding of classroom practice. This book provides an ideal introduction to effective teaching.

The revised text has taken particular account of developments in personalised learning, the use of ICT, interactive teaching, classroom dialogue, inclusion, assessment for learning, evidence-based classroom practice, the Every Child Matters agenda, and the teaching methods underpinning the National Strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408504239
Publisher: Thornes, Nelson
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 Introduction 1

Part I Understanding Teaching and Learning

2 Ways of thinking about effective teaching 7

Conceptual and research problems 9

Conducting research on effective teaching 11

Models for thinking about effective teaching 15

Summary 19

Discussion questions 19

Further reading 19

3 How pupils learn 20

The nature of pupil learning 20

Developmental issues 28

Cognitive issues 31

Affective issues 33

Summary 36

Discussion questions 37

Further reading 37

Part 2 Effective Classroom Practice

4 Setting up the learning experience 39

Teacher exposition 40

Academic work 46

Summary 55

Discussion questions 55

Further reading 55

5 Taking account of pupil differences 56

Ability 56

Motivation 61

Social class 64

Gender 67

Race 69

Special educational needs 72

Summary 75

Discussion questions 76

Further reading 76

6 Key classroom teaching qualities and tasks 77

Key classroom teaching qualities 78

An exploratory study 81

Key classroom teaching tasks 86

Summary 99

Discussion questions 99

Further reading 100

7 Relationships with pupils 101

The teacher's authority 102

Mutual respect and rapport 108

Classroom climate 111

Pastoral care 115

Summary 119

Discussion questions 119

Further reading 119

8 Dealing with pupil misbehaviour 120

The nature and causes of pupil behaviour 121

Pre-empting misbehaviour 125

Reprimands and punishments 127

Dealing with confrontations 133

Pastoral care and school policy 135

Behaviour modification 138

Summary 141

Discussion questions 141

Further reading 141

Part 3 Reflecting on Teaching Experience

9 Appraising practice 143

The curriculum 143

Teacher appraisal 151

Teacher stress 156

Summary 162

Discussion questions 162

Further reading 162

10 Conclusions 163

References 165

Author index 174

Subject index 177

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