Learning for Teaching: Teaching for learning 2E gives a practical introduction to the roles, responsibilities and essential tasks of teachers. Easy to read, concise chapters examine the basics of how to plan, prepare and teach using a range of teaching and learning strategies.
Topics such as standards, professionalism, lesson planning, assessment, classroom organisation and management are presented with a get-up-and-running focus, whilst activities throughout promote reflection and help readers practice their skills. Suitable for beginning teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching programs, it encourages readers to develop their professional 'personality', knowledge and skills to make a difference as educators.
Diana Whitton is Associate Professor in Education at the University of Western Sydney where she currently is training primary school teachers. Diana has a doctorate in gifted education and has completed graduate studies in curriculum planning, creativity, and librarianship.
Katrina Barker is Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney in educational psychology, and learning and teaching. Katrina's research focuses upon student motivation, self-concept, school retention, and classroom management with particular emphasis on developing positive student behaviour through a whole-school approach.
Mary Nosworthy is an executive teacher at highschool, with experience in teaching in both primary and high schools overseas and in different states of Australia. She has master's degrees in educational leadership and special education with expertise in teaching English, French and physical education, health and personal development.
Catherine Sinclair is Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with 30 years' experience as a researcher and educator across all education levels. Her expertise lies in motivation to teach, teacher professional learning (particularly the practicum) and quality teaching.
Phil Nanlohy works as Lecturer (computers in education) in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney, where he teaches in the pedagogy and practicum units of the Primary Teacher Education degrees. His research interests include student engagement and the role of ICTs in learning.
About the authors
PART A - Contexts of education
1. Historical overview of the educational system in Australia
2. Structure of schools
PART B - Quality teachers and teaching
3. Teacher work
4. Standards in teaching
5. Professionalism in teaching
6. Professional portfolios
7. Maximising your own learning
PART C - Preparing for practice
8. The teaching and learning cycle
9. Curriculum development
10. Lesson planning
11. Levels of planning
12. Curriculum planning
13. Lesson introductions and closures
14. Teaching and learning strategies
16. Assessment, evaluating and reporting
PART D - Classroom organisation and management:
17. Knowing your students
18. Student motivation
19. Creating a positive learning environment
20. Promoting positive behaviour for learning
21. Record keeping
22. Communicating and working with parents
23. Communicating and working with your community
Appendix 1: Schooling in Australia
Appendix 2: Lesson plan format
Appendix 3: Lesson plan annotated
Appendix 4: Community resource survey
Appendix 5: Weblinks
Numerous activities give students the opportunity to interact with the content and reflect on their own philosophy, with space to write their responses in the text
Concise, streamlined chapters cover key concepts and issues in teaching and learning in a clear and direct way.
Stories from Australians who have experienced education in different decades trace the development of our education system and reflect the changes that have occurred over the last century.
The table of contents has been thoroughly revised, with some chapters re-organised and substantially rewritten to streamline the content.
A new chapter titled 'Communicating and working with your community' discusses working with the community to enhance teaching and learning.
A new chapter 'Standards in teaching' introduces the concept of professional teaching standards and provides links to useful organisations.
Chapters on creating positive learning environments and managing behaviour have been substantially revised, with a focus on positive behaviour for learning.
An appendix of Weblinks suggests useful sites for accessing additional information on key topics and issues.
A larger format and text-workbook layout provides spaces for students to complete numerous activities that reinforce key concepts and encourage reflection.
Activities have been thoroughly revised, with new activities added in many chapters.
A companion website provides copies of blank forms from the text for students and lists of useful websites organised by theme. For instructors it contains an Instructor's Manual and PowerPoints, along with Artwork from the text.
A twelve-month subscription to Search me! education is included with this text. Fast and convenient, this resource provides students with 24-hour access to full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly and popular periodicals and ebooks. Lecturers will find a list of suggested Search me! Education keywords listed in the Instructor's manual to help students explore topics further and find current references.