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20 June 2018

New Research-Informed Advice for Trainee Teachers

'Becoming a Teacher: Issues In Secondary Education' was launched on 13th June. The book was authored by a team of education researchers based at the School of Education, Communication & Society.

Staff holding copies of 'Becoming a Teacher'
Staff holding copies of 'Becoming a Teacher'

A new book from a team of King’s College London education researchers chimes with the UK government’s recognition that trainee teachers should take a research-informed approach towards classroom practice.

Becoming a Teacher: Issues in Secondary Education (5th edition) was launched on Wednesday 13th June during a conference of King’s partner schools who host trainers undertaking their PGCE at King’s.

“Becoming aTeacher provides a broad context for understanding education, addressing issues such as the influence of international policy and practice, education ideology and social justice,” said Meg Maguire, editorial team leader.

 “This is balanced with practical advice for the classroom on topics such as assessment for learning, learning technologies, literacy, numeracy and English as an additional language.”

 Simon Gibbons, Melissa Glackin, David Pepper and Karen Skilling, all based at the the School of Education, Communication and Society (ECS), were the other members of the editorial team.

The book draws extensively on contemporary research and empirical evidence to support critical reflection about learning and teaching.  Encouraging readers to reflect on their knowledge and beliefs, as they explore complex social and cultural influences that influence professional learning and practice.

The fifth edition includes new chapters on: ‘Reforming ITE’; ‘Teachers Lives and Careers’; ‘International Influences’; ‘Engagement in Learning’; ‘Learning and the Emotions’, ‘Data Usage in Schools’, ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Learning with Digital Technologies’

The editorial team thank the contributing authors who represent current and recent past staff members at ECS, many of whom are renown as specialists in their fields. Thanks also go to the support from the publishers, McGraw Hill Education particularly to Karen Harris and Hannah Kenner who guided the publication process and attended the launch.

Becoming a Teacher is recommended to those training to teach in secondary school on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a School Direct programme, or taking an undergraduate or postgraduate Education Studies course, for providing invaluable support, insight and guidance.

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