This textbook heads the Open University's flexible PGCE Perspectives on Practice series, which provides a practical illustration of skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach in the secondary classroom. As well as describing concepts and ideas, the book provides a critical examination of some of the key issues, and will encourage the reader to engage with the ideas and consider their views and beliefs. This book accompanies each of the subject-specific books in the series, providing a valuable link between disciplines. The series complements our other OU series, Teaching in the Secondary School which addresses theoretical issues relating to teaching. Together these to series provide a complete resource for students.
Part I: Contexts for Teaching and Learning 1. The Changing National Context of Teaching and Learning 2. Teachers' Curriculum Understanding and the Secondary School Curriculum 3. Subject Knowledge and Preparation for Teaching 4. Language and Learning Part II: The Practice of Teaching and Learning 5. Planning for Teaching and Learning 6. Teaching Methods 7. ICT: A Creative Support for Teaching and Learning 8. Classroom Management 9. Assessment, Recording and Reporting 10. Inclusive Education: Gender and Ethnicity 11. Inclusive Education: Special Educational Needs 12. The Teacher's Wider Role Part III: Developing the Professional 13. Effective and Improving Schools 14. Career-long Professional Development
'This is essentially a well-written, practical and authoritative work that will be an asset to any beginning teacher.' - Educational Review