1st Edition

Active Learning in Primary Classrooms
A Case Study Approach

ISBN 9781408232880
Published June 30, 2011 by Routledge
272 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

  • What do we mean by Active Learning?
  • How can you inspire children to engage fully in their learning?
  • How can you plan and organise a curriculum that ensures that children are actively involved in the learning process?

This brand new text not only explores and examines the concept of active learning, but demonstrates how every teacher, new or experienced, can translate theory into practice and reap the rewards of children actively engaged in their own learning in the classroom.

Central to the book is the series of extended case studies, through which the authors highlight examples of effective teaching and learning across the whole primary curriculum. They provide practical examples of planning, teaching and assessing to encourage, inspire and give confidence to teach in creative, integrated and exciting ways.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Setting the scene


Chapter 1 Setting the context: a brief overview of development of primary education
Chapter 2 Active learning: reflections on research into children’s learning and development
Chapter 3 Inclusion
Chapter 4 Starting from the Early Years
Chapter 5 Translating theory into action: the tools for effective teaching and learning


Part 2 Case studies


Introduction to the case studies

Chapter 6 'The Gruffalo Forest': getting the balance right
Chapter 7 'The Brown Paper House': harnessing curiosity
Chapter 8 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch': challenges and problem solving
Chapter 9 'The Farmers' Market': problem solving in a mathematical context
Chapter 10 Robots: co-operation and collaboration in the context of design and technology
Chapter 11 'Mighty UK': communication, language and literacy in a collaborative context
Chapter 12 'Art Attack': teaching the skills and connecting with an audience


Part 3 Getting started: examples of practice


Chapter 13 Sowing the seeds for active learning
Chapter 14 The planning process - stage one
Chapter 15 The planning process - stage two
Chapter 16 Further prompts







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Jenny Monk and Cathy Silman are both experienced Primary school teachers who have a passionate interest in how children learn. They have taught in a variety of settings in both the primary and higher education sectors.