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3rd Edition

Teaching Middle Years
Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Edited By

Donna Pendergast

ISBN 9781760292928
Published February 11, 2017 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Teaching Middle Years has established itself as the most respected Australian text to focus on the adolescent years of schooling. Recognition of the educational importance of this age group continues to grow as research reveals the benefits of programs designed especially for young people's needs.

This third edition provides a systematic overview of the philosophy, principles and key issues in middle schooling, together with a new depth of focus on the emotional problems and behavioural challenges in working with students. The editors explore in detail two key areas in middle years pedagogy - differentiation and engagement - and there are new chapters on achieving effective transition, the importance of physical activity in adolescence, and how to develop cooperative and collaborative learning.

Featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, and fully revised and updated to reflect the latest research, Teaching Middle Years will assist both pre-service and in-service teachers to bring out the very best in their students.

Praise for the first edition:

'Teaching Middle Years gives the reader many ideas and examples based on sound research. It's an excellent coverage of the current thinking in this critical area of education.'- from Teacher: The National Education Magazine

'Offers educators a combination of theoretical constructions based on Australian and international research and practical suggestions for teaching middle years students based on the proven good practices of many effective middle years teachers.' - from the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling

'This book should be required reading for every middle school leader who strives to better understand and facilitate middle level learning and achievement.' - from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

Table of Contents


Tables, figures and provocations

Acronyms and abbreviations


Part 1: The middle years

1. Middle years education

2. The adolescent learner

3. Student wellbeing and engagement

4. Quality teaching and learning

5. Catering for individual students

6. Transition

Part 2: Curriculum practices in the middle years

7. Literacy

8. Numeracy

9. Physical activity

10. Curriculum

Part 3: Pedagogical practices in the middle years

11. Cooperative and collaborative learning

12. Teams and teaming

13. Higher order thinking

14. Positive behaviour management

15. Using information and communication technologies

16. Parent and community engagement

Part 4: Assessment practices in the middle years

17. Assessment

Part 5: Middle years education in action

18. School reform and sustainable practice




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Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Dr Katherine Main is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Professor Nan Bahr is Dean, Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University.