• Learning theories for everyday teaching

      Thompson, Carol; Spenceley, Lydia; University of Bedfordshire (Sage: Learning Matters, 2019-10-12)
      An essential tool for new teachers and trainees who want to use learning theories to develop their practice. The text explores key learning theories in a pragmatic way and encourages focused reflection to promote critical analysis of theories and their potential application to specific contexts. The authors highlight the practical benefits of using theory in planning, teaching and reflecting on practice. The text also encourages the use of a range of creative approaches to enhance learning. Each chapter explores a key aspect of the teacher's role (such as planning, motivation or assessment) and outlines theories relating to this theme - fully embedding the use of learning theories in practical every day teaching. It includes activities for reflection and a section encouraging readers to 'map' the theory to their own practice. Scenarios and case studies throughout illustrate learning and support readers link theory to practice.
    • Put teachers back in control of the classroom'

      Thompson, Carol (2019-10-24)
      A culture of trust is essential if teachers are to feel comfortable taking risks in the classroom
    • Seeing through the eyes of a teacher: differences in perceptions of HE teaching in face-to-face and digital contexts

      Jensen, Lise; Price, Linda; Roxå, Torgny; Lund University; University of Bedfordshire (Taylor and Francis, 2019-11-13)
      Studies of how contextual factors influence teachers’ approaches to teaching have chiefly focused on face-to-face teaching in physical campus contexts. This study advances understanding of how applicable this knowledge is in digital contexts. The study explores how university teachers perceive the differences between teaching in physical campus contexts and the digital teaching contexts found in online courses. Interview data were collected from 15 university teachers and analysed using thematic analysis. The results show that respondents perceived digital teaching contexts to be changeable. Changes were attributed to technology development and influences from students and teachers. The respondents varied in how close or anonymous they perceived their online students to be compared to their campus students. The variation was related to the type of teaching-learning activities prioritised by the respondents. However, no relationships were found between respondents’ perceptions of their student-teacher relationship and class size, time invested, or type of communication.
    • A voice for advancing the profession of teaching?

      Goodwyn, Andrew (Taylor and Francis, 2019-03-14)
      This chapter tells the story of the Advanced Skills Teachers (AST), drawing on extensive research data with ASTs themselves, Local Authority AST coordinators and a range of Senior School Leaders. It provides the experience of ASTs, their passion for teaching and learning, and their anger and disappointment at the summary abolition of their hard-earned status. The chapter explores Head Teachers and others who were equally concerned about the peremptory policy change. It examines the need to overcome the empty rhetoric of politicians who make much noise about ‘world class teachers’ but do nothing to develop the profession to achieve such a level. The chapter addresses the narrow prejudice of the media who often deride the models as ‘Super Teachers’. The chapter concludes with a new conceptual framework emphasising the nature of the ‘voice’ that leading teachers can offer the profession as a whole.