ERIC Number: ED529971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-25
Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School
Howe, Alan, Ed.; Richards, Val, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
The transition from primary to secondary school can often be a difficult time for children, and managing the transition smoothly has posed a problem for teachers at both upper primary and lower secondary level. At a time when "childhood" recedes and "adulthood" beckons, the inequalities between individual children can widen, and meeting the needs of all children is a challenge. "Bridging the Transition from Primary to Secondary School" offers an insight into children's development, building a framework for the creation of appropriate and relevant educational experiences of children between the ages of 10-12. Based on the five "transition bridges"--administrative, social and personal, curriculum, pedagogy, and autonomy and managing learning--this book is a complete guide to the primary-secondary transition. Chapters cover: (1) A review of the issues and challenges of transition and school transfer; (2) Management of physical, intellectual, social and emotional changes; (3) Issues of changing self-identity; (4) Approaches to ensure curriculum progression and continuity; (5) Ways to develop cooperation between primary and secondary schools; and (6) Alternatives to traditional primary-secondary systems and pedagogy. This book will be essential reading for all trainee teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate education students, and those working with children over the transition. The contributors offer a wealth of guidance and insight into meeting the educational and social needs of children through early adolescence. This book contains the following chapters: (1) Introduction: Exploring the Great Divide (Alan Howe); (2) The Emotional Impact of Transfer and What Can Be Learned From Early Years Practice (Hilary Smith); (3) Adolescent Development: Physical and Biological Changes (Val Richards); (4) Adolescent Development: Intellectual and Emotional Changes (Val Richards); (5) Adolescent Development: Personal and Social Changes During Adolescence (Val Richards); (6) Smoothing the Trajectory: Primary-Secondary Transfer Issues in Science Education (Dan Davies and Kendra McMahon); (7) Mathematics and Transition (Marcus Witt); (8) Children's Reading Choices--Rethinking the Curriculum (Anny Northcote and Stephen Miles); (9) The Fundamental Movement Skills Programme (Steps Pd): Physical Development Challenges And Opportunities In The Primary School Context (Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan); (10) Becoming A Global Citizen: Cultural Strategies for Community Cohesion at Key Stage 2-3 Transition (June Bianchi); (11) Managing Learning. An Ecological Perspective on Childhood (Mim Hutchings and Tilly Mortimore); and (12) Managing Primary-Secondary Transfer: Lessons Learned? (Alan Howe).
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Physical Development, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Preadolescents, Administrator Role, Social Development, Individual Development, Curriculum, Personal Autonomy, Emotional Development, Self Concept, Guides, Mathematics Education, Global Approach, Cultural Relevance, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom