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Learning and Teaching Around the World
Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education

ISBN 9781138485211
Published July 9, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learning and Teaching Around the World is a wide-ranging introduction to diverse experiences, practices and developments in global primary education. It explores different contexts for children’s learning, and methods and purposes of primary education, in settings across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australasia, and addresses wider issues such as the rise of refugee learners and large multi-grade classes.

With an explicit focus on comparative and international studies and improving the knowledge, understanding and practice of effective pedagogies for children’s learning, this book reflects on key issues such as:

  • Standards for learner-centred education
  • Patterns of inclusion and exclusion
  • Defining ‘teacher professionalism’
  • The impact of global education agendas
  • Language policy for schooling and assessment

Learning and Teaching Around the World is an essential text for those wishing to develop a critical understanding of the experiences of primary teachers and children around the world. Aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate education studies students, the scope of this book will support all students in developing knowledge of primary education and of the diverse needs of learners in an era of global movement of children and families.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Close up’ and ‘wide angle’ lenses on primary education  Section 1 Pedagogy and provision  1. Primary education: why and how to compare?  2. Refugee children’s experiences of education in countries of first asylum  3. Multigrade pedagogies: Africa’s response to Education for All  4. Thinking about a community of provision  5. Shadow education and its implications for social justice  Section 2 Languages and learning  6. Primary school medium of instruction policies in Ghana and India  7. English language as an inclusion tool: the case of Syrian refugees in UK primary schools  8. Unpacking teachers’ language ideologies in schools in Alsace, France  9. Negotiating worlds: a young Mayan child developing literacy at home and at school in Mexico  10. What languages do you speak? A reflexive account of research with multilingual pupils  Section 3 Inclusion and exclusion  11. Indigenous ways with literacies in an Australian primary school  12. Young British Muslims explore their experiences of primary school and ‘othering’  13. Is this the right school for my gender nonconforming child  14. The challenges of realising inclusive education in South Africa  15. The contradictions within universal education: why ‘education for all’ is still exclusionary  Section 4 Teacher education and development  16. Defining ‘teacher professionalism’ from different perspectives  17. Developing inclusive learning environments in rural classrooms in India  18. Early childhood pre-service teachers engage in collegial dialogue  19. Teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa and in one school in Kenya: macro challenges and micro changes  20. Learning Assistants in Sierra Leone: community support for future teachers  Section 5 Local, national and global intersections  21. Is the grass always greener? The effect of the PISA results on education debates in Sweden and Germany  22. Creativy and education in the European Union and the United Kingdom  23. New teachers and corporal punishment in Ghanaian primary schools  24. The Gambia: the intersection of the global and the local in a small developing country  25. Globalising education and the shaping of global childhoods

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Kimberly Safford is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at The Open University, UK. She contributes to the university’s International Teacher Education and Development programmes in India and Africa, authoring Open Educational Resources collaboratively with academics and practitioners. She also writes OU courses and OER for UK teachers, classroom support staff, and for the wide range of education staff in the Third and Cultural Sectors.

Liz Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at The Open University, UK. She is a member of the International Teacher, Education and Development team and contributes to in-country fieldwork in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Liz authors the module Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education and is co-author of an Early Reading Badged Online Course for teachers in Africa and a MOOC, making teacher education relevant for 21st century Africa.