Teaching Challenges and Dilemmas highlights the complexities of teaching and learning and the daily challenges that teachers must recognise and unravel during the course of their work. It actively works with readers to help them develop the competencies needed to become outstanding teachers: communication, understanding pedagogy, assessment of learning and curriculum, lesson planning, classroom management, reflective practice and comprehending learner diversity.
Grounded in strong theoretical foundations, it draws upon research to assist readers in identifying the different strategies that are available to them and the ways in which these might be enacted in practice. Engaging case studies and rich examples emphasise the importance of context and assist readers to connect theory to the classroom as they explore issues.
To keep pace with the dynamic environment in which school education is conducted, chapters reflect recent changes in national curriculum, national testing and national standards for teaching, enabling readers to understand the impact of these Commonwealth frameworks. This highly regarded text remains an invaluable resource for pre-service and newly qualified teachers as they embark on their challenging career.
- Adopts a dilemmas framework as a means of discussing the challenges and complexity of schooling with its many different stakeholders who have varying views of what education should achieve.
- Case studies and scenarios illuminate the discussions and highlight the importance of context when considering issues and practices.
- ‘Following through’ exercises at the end of each chapter provide a range of discussion questions and activities to help students embed the issues in real contexts and encourage them to become inquirers.
- ‘Useful weblinks’ act as a starting point to encourage students to become good ‘web detectives’ in their own right.
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About the Authors
Susan Groundwater-Smith is Honorary Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. For a number of years Susan has been associated with school education K-12 as a practitioner, researcher and advocate for student voice. She convenes the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools, which brings together schools from every sector with cultural institutions such as the Australian Museum and the State Library of New South Wales.
Robyn Ewing is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. A former primary teacher she works with both preservice and postgraduate teachers and alongside teachers in classrooms whenever possible. She is passionate about quality teaching and learning at all levels of education. Her own research and writing explores the experiences of early career teachers; teacher professional learning; and the use of drama with quality literature to enhance literacy learning.
Rosie Le Cornu is Adjunct Associate Professor of Teacher Education in the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Rosie is an experienced primary teacher and teacher educator with a strong commitment to quality teaching and learning. She is passionate about incorporating the notions of reflection, collaboration and reciprocity into powerful teaching and learning experiences and is involved in numerous projects that support the development of such experiences.