Focusing on the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science, the book addresses the political agenda in which the core curriculum takes place, and provides practical information and guidance on teaching the three subjects. The book briefly traces the history of these core subjects, examines what is meant by 'curriculum knowledge', takes apart the classroom and educational issues before offering advice on handling curriculum change and tackling new approaches to teaching. It helps teachers develop their skills through enquiry tasks, case studies, questions and suggested further reading.
Kate Ashcroft is Dean of Education in the Faculty of Education, University of the West of England. She has written on quality issues in higher education and published on the national curriculum in primary schools. John Lee is Principal Lecturer in Education in the Faculty of Education, University of the West of England. His recent research has been on school inspection in England, Wales and the Netherlands. He is currently researching in the impact of the National Literacy Hour on pupils with special educational needs in the primary school.
'... particularly helpful to new teachers ... the book is spiced with case studies that bring one back to the practicalities of the classroom.' - The Times Educational Supplement