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Stoll, Louise; Louis, Karen Seashore – Open University Press, 2007
There is great interest internationally in the potential of professional learning communities for enhancing educational reform efforts and sustaining improvement. This international collection, with contributions from researchers and those leading initiatives in five countries, aims to broaden and deepen conceptions and understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Faculty Development
Tett, Lyn, Ed.; Hamilton, Mary, Ed.; Hillier, Yvonne, Ed. – Open University Press, 2006
This book explores the social practice of literacy, numeracy and language and its implications for teaching and learning adult basic skills. Leading international experts argue that literacy, numeracy and language are more than just a set of skills or techniques, but are shaped by the social and cultural context within which they are taking place;…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Adult Literacy
Paciorek, Karen Menke, Ed. – Open University Press, 2006
This 27th edition of "Annual Editions: Early Childhood Education" provides convenient, inexpensive access to current articles selected from the best of the public press. Organizational features include: an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; a general introduction; brief overviews for…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Resource Materials, Internet, Educational Practices
Jacklin, Angela; Griffiths, Vivienne; Robinson, Carol – Open University Press, 2006
This book supports primary teachers' early professional development and learning, tackling key questions and concerns that new teachers might face in their early careers, such as: How will I get through the first term? When will I feel like a "real" teacher? What can I expect from my first years in teaching? Drawing on the experiences of beginning…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Educational Practices, Teaching Experience, Teaching (Occupation)
Williams, Richard; Pritchard, Colin – Open University Press, 2006
In this groundbreaking book, the authors show how the cycle of educational alienation can be broken, to enable parents and schools to work together to contribute to children's educational, social and emotional well-being. They illustrate this by exploring a highly successful initiative in a school with severe socioeconomic disadvantages, which, in…
Descriptors: Social Work, Disadvantaged Youth, Children, Educationally Disadvantaged
Webb, Rosemary, Ed. – Open University Press, 2006
In this topical book, leading academics in primary education evaluate New Labour's Education policy. They draw on the findings of the latest research to discuss the impact of policies on primary school practice and on the views and experiences of primary school teachers and pupils. Current issues and initiatives are analyzed to identify the extent…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teachers, Students, Educational Change
Armstrong, Michael – Open University Press, 2006
In this book, the author reveals the creative force of children's narrative imagination and shows how this develops through childhood. He provides a new and powerful understanding of the significance of narrative for children's intellectual growth and for learning and teaching. The book explores a series of real stories written by children between…
Descriptors: Tales, Mythology, Anthologies, Imagination
McGregor, Debra – Open University Press, 2006
It is now recognised that thinking skills, such as problem-solving, analysis, synthesis, creativity and evaluation, can be nurtured and developed, and education professionals can play a significant role in shaping the way that children learn and think. As a result, schools are being encouraged to make greater use of thinking skills in lessons and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Metacognition, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills
Moyles, Janet – Open University Press, 2006
There has recently been an unprecedented focus on early years care and education, particularly on the impact of the various adults who work and play with children in the birth to five/six-years age range. Staff in early years settings have had to adapt to many changes and demands, locally and nationally, from local authorities and national…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Classification, Job Skills, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
Dee, Lesley – Open University Press, 2006
Transition planning for young people with special educational needs is a crucial but often overlooked element of social inclusion. While there is now considerable official guidance on how to manage the school leaving process for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, little is known about how to make effective transitions…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Educational Needs, Young Adults, Education Work Relationship
Ainscow, Mel; West, Mel – Open University Press, 2006
Drawing on research evidence, this book addresses the question of how primary and secondary urban schools can be improved in a more inclusive way. The authors argue that urban schools and their communities have within them expertise that tends to be overlooked, and latent creativity that should be mobilised to move thinking and progress forward.…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Cooperation, Urban Schools, Nondiscriminatory Education
Dunlop, Aline-Wendy; Fabian, Hilary – Open University Press, 2006
An increased emphasis on an early start in group day care and educational settings for young children means that by the time children enter statutory education, they may already have had several transitional experiences: each will have an impact. This book explores early transitions from a variety of international perspectives. Each chapter is…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Curriculum Development, Young Children, Parent Participation
Mendick, Heather – Open University Press, 2006
This book illuminates what studying mathematics means for both students and teachers and offers a broad range of insights into students' views and practices. In addition to the words of young people learning mathematics, the masculinity of mathematics is explored through historical material and cinematic representations. The author discusses the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Sex Fairness, Masculinity, Mathematics Education
Krotee, March; Bucher, Charles – Open University Press, 2006
This book offers a solid foundation of management concepts, skills, and techniques that enable students to develop and test the leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving required for their role in the profession of physical education and sport. The thirteenth edition continues to focus on the management and administration of physical…
Descriptors: Athletes, Disabilities, Physical Education, Recreational Programs
Lankshear, Colin; Knobel, Michelle – Open University Press, 2006
The first edition of this popular book examined new literacies and new kinds of knowledge and classroom practices in the context of the massive growth of electronic information and communication technologies. This timely second edition discusses a fresh range of practices like blogging, fanfiction, mobile/wireless communications, and fan practices…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Distance Education
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