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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Teaching Primary Science Constructively

Keith Skamp
Thomson, May 2004
Based on the constructivist approach to learning, this title addresses the key scientific areas of movement and force, electricity, energy, animals and living things, the environment, materials and chemical change, space, the changing earth and weather. Key concepts, supported by more detailed information, common student misconceptions, teaching strategies, activities and reflections are outlined for each topic. Background on the constructivist approach and working scientifically suggests ways that teachers can help students develop deep conceptual understandings of the world around them, while activities focus on everyday occurrences to support this understanding. The book is written for primary school teachers and those undertaking teacher training, both with and without a scientific background. For further information see publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Teacher training
Primary education
Science teaching

Preparing to Teach: Learning from Experience

Jeff Gordon, Jeff Battersby
Routledge Falmer, April 2005
Based on the perspectives of trainee teachers, this book aims to prepare new students for teacher education. Various aspects are covered, including approaching the first lesson, classroom organisation, developing relationships with staff and fellow students, pupils, reflecting on learning, and interviews. Examples of assignments, observations, teaching sessions, lesson plans, notes and other teaching resources are also included. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

Teacher training

Schools and Area Regeneration

Deane Crowther, Colleen Cummings, Alan Dyson, Alan Milward
Policy Press, October 2003
There is growing interest in the role schools can play in contributing to regeneration of their local area. Schools serving disadvantaged areas are encouraged to be outward looking, to engage with families and communities and to coordinate their efforts with those of other agencies. At the same time, however, schools are required to retain a focus on their core business of teaching and learning in order to increase student success. This report explores the ways in which schools serving two economically and socially disadvantaged areas in the United Kingdom have attempted to balance their educational aims with growing demands to engage in community life. It focuses on the relationship between the schools and their respective communities and on outcomes in terms of individual and community development. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

School and community
Social life and customs
Socially disadvantaged
Social education

Leadership Under Construction: Creating Paths Toward Transformation

Joseph P Hester, H. Darrell Young
The authors focus on leadership within three contexts. The first context, Strategic Thinking and Performance, considers leadership definitions, role models and the creation of a united vision for the school. The second context is Continuous Improvement, which covers performance measurement and transformational strategies. Building a Leadership Culture is the final leadership context outlined, and takes a closer look at developing leaders and investing in others. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

School culture
School principals
School leadership

The Inside Story of the Teacher Revolution in America

Don Cameron

Written by a retired Executive Director of the USA National Education Association (NEA), this book gives an insider's view of the revolution in teachers' working conditions in the USA throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The factors leading up to the establishment of unionism in the 1960s are covered, along with the subsequent revolutionising of the teaching profession and implementation of collective bargaining statutes. The described shifts in NEA philosophy, programs and structure are linked to internal organisation changes. The author considers teachers' strengths in facing a variety of obstacles, and aims to provide a historical view of the value to society of public education and teachers in the USA. For further information see publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Industrial relations
Education and state
United States of America (USA)
Teaching profession

Perspectives on Learning

Jonas F. Soltis, D.C. Phillips
Intended for prospective teachers and their instructors, this title covers and compares the ideas of the key theorists on learning, including Plato, Locke, Watson, Thorndike, Skinner, Kohler, Dewey, Paiget, Vygotsky and Bruner. Learning movements including classical thought, behaviourism, the Gestalists, pschological constructivism, social aspects of learning, cognitive/disciplinary structures and cognitive science are also discussed. This latest edition contains updated material on the social nature of learning, the impact of culture, and developments in brain science. The authors discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each theory and concept, providing illustrative case studies and topics for further debate. See review in The Educational Forum Spring 2005.

Subject Headings

Case studies
Educational studies
Education philosophy
Learning ability
Thought and thinking
Teacher training