French, A. and M. O’Leary (editors). Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Challenges and the Teaching Excellence Framework. Bingley: Emerald

This book will interest you if you are teaching and/or researching in higher education. The book combines the talents of four experienced academics who work in a variety of University settings (Dr Amanda French; Dr Matt O’Leary [Birmingham City University]; Professor Sue Robson [Newcastle University]; and Dr Phil Wood [University of Leicester]). The content of […]

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Blanchard, J. 2017. Inside Teaching: How To Make A Difference For Every Teacher And Learner. London: Routledge

Blanchard, J. 2017. Inside Teaching: How To Make A Difference For Every Teacher And Learner. London: Routledge (172 pages, £19.99) This is a useful book for anyone who is interested in pedagogy and teacher education. The book is written in an accessible way and its structure is helpful as it covers key elements of pedagogical […]

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Regan, L., and T. Unterrainer. 2016. Standing Up For Education. London: Spokesman Books

Regan, L., and T. Unterrainer. 2016. Standing Up For Education. London: Spokesman Books (150 pages, £7.95). Education, Education, Education Regan and Unterrainer have brought together seventeen people who stand up for education. Combining knowledge and commitment their writings provide perspective, insight, evidence and hope. The first seven letters of professional give us profess. Books like […]

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Ainley, P. 2016. Betraying a Generation: How Education is Failing Young People. London: Policy Press

Ainley, P. 2016. Betraying a Generation: How Education is Failing Young People. London: Policy Press (148 pages, £7.99) ‘This is a good book and I like it’ (W.H. Auden 1971). Patrick Ainley has written a book that makes clear critical sense of what has been happening to education in recent years and provides insights warning […]

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David, M.E. 2016. Mainstream or Tributary. A Feminist Manifesto for Education. London: Polity Press

David, M.E. 2016.  Mainstream or Tributary. A Feminist Manifesto for Education. London: Polity Press. £15.99, 200 pages “I would not be seen dead walking down the street with a ‘feller’ carrying a shopping bag. It’s a woman’s job”. This was fifteen-year-old Agnes speaking to me not long after the passing of the Equal Pay Act […]

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Stork, A. and Walker, B. (2015) Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor: Critical Publishing

Published under Critical Publishing Further Education Series the series editor is Susan Wallace ‘The diverse backgrounds of today’s students mean that the role of the personal tutor is more important than ever’ (Swain, 2008) The complexities of supporting the learning needs of students in the 21st century be they in further education, sixth form colleges […]

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Boyd, P., Hymer, B. and Lockley, K. (2015) Learning Teaching: Becoming an Inspirational Teacher: Critical Publishing

Title: Learning Teaching: Becoming an Inspirational Teacher Authors: Pete Boyd, Barry Hymer and Karen Lockley Publishers: Critical Publishing, 160 pages, regular price £18.00 What is my impact on learning and learners? Learning Teaching: Becoming an Inspirational Teacher offers an interesting and unique approach to explore the complexities of learning how to teach and extending current […]

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Bruce A. Van Sledright (2014) Assessing Historical Thinking and Understanding Innovative Designs for New Standards. New York and London: Routledge

Cost: $30.95 This book advocates, and offers models for, a revised system for the assessment of history for secondary aged pupils as currently practiced within the US school system. It also intends to promote an approach to historical pedagogy that gives a focus on the methods of the historian and the tentative nature of historical […]

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Carroll, M. and McCulloch M. (2014) Understanding teaching and learning in primary education: London: Sage

Pages: 323 Price: £19.79   This book explores the wide ranging and dynamic aspects of teaching in primary education. It is aimed primarily at trainee teachers and those engaged in continuing professional development. The text draws together the processes of teaching and learning and the wider theoretical research and policy contents which are relevant to […]

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Jolliffe, W., Waugh, D., Beverton, S. & Stead, J. (2014) Supporting Readers in Secondary School. London: SAGE

Number of pages: 115 Cost: £22.99 This book is primarily aimed at secondary PGCE and undergraduate students in Initial Teacher Education (ITE). It provides support and advice to the reader through a series of chapters relating to the teaching of reading in secondary schools. Each chapter is well-structured; presenting the reader with a set of […]

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Action Research, Innovation and Change International Perspectives Across Disciplines. Oxon: Routledge. Edited by Thomas Stern, Andrew Townsend, Franz Rauch, and Angela Schuster. (2014)

Number of pages: 232 Cost: Paperback £26.99, Hardback £90 ‘Action Research, Innovation and Change’ presents an edited volume of current writing on action research (AR) from the perspective of leading international researchers in the field. The book uses case studies, taken from the 2011 annual ‘Collaborative Action Research Network’ (CARN) conference, to tell the story […]

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L. Becker (2014) Presenting your research. London: Sage.

Pages: 146 Price: £19.99 This is a practical overview for giving academic or professional presentations at conferences, symposiums, round-table discussions and other contexts. The book takes the reader through the whole process, from finding an event at which to contribute, preparing and submitting an abstract, choosing and preparing material, using presentation aids, delivering the presentation […]

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Race, P (2014) Third Edition Making Learning Happen: A Guide for Post-Compulsory Education. London: Sage

Number of pages: 290 Cost: None given The second decade of the 21st century has signalled some significant changes in the way we present learning in post compulsory learning. Teachers and lecturers need to be able to offer students different experiences in digital communication, online learning and MOOCs alongside more traditional teaching methods. In an […]

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Xiaixin W (2014) School Choice in China London: Routledge

162 pages Cost: full RP 90 GBP This book does exactly what it says: it explores school choice in China. However the title does not do full credit to this fascinating book which gives an interesting overview of China’s political, social and education system and its workings, both formal and informal, and firmly roots its […]

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Bhopal K and Maylor U (eds) (2014) Educational Inequalities: Difference and Diversity in Schools and Higher Education, London: Routledge

288 pages This book was published in 2014 and is essentially a collection of work from across part of the globe focussing on the key issue of educational inequalities. This is an ambitious goal in itself but then to consider both schools and higher education makes the task even more difficult. The editors have sought […]

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Temple, P.(Ed.) (2012) Universities in the Knowledge Economy: Higher Education Organisation and Global Change, London: Routledge

Number of pages: 250 Cost: none given Our universities….are the foundation of our knowledge economy’ (BIS, 2009, p. 55) Paul Temple has gathered together academics from across the world that share an interest in higher education policy. Temple recognises that universities have become the drivers for the knowledge economy and as a consequence our economic […]

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Said, S.B. and Zhang, L.J.(Eds.) (2014) Language Teachers and Teaching: Global Perspectives, Local Initiatives, New York: Routledge

345 pages Cost: £85 hardcover This volume forms part of the well-established series ‘Routledge Research in Education’ and is a companion piece to the earlier linguistics centred ‘Language Teaching through the Ages’ (Wheeler, 2013). As its title promises, Said’s and Zhang’s edited collection brings together a number of empirical studies from across the globe. There […]

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Yancy G and del Guadalupe Davidson (eds) (2014) Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect

239 pages ISBN 978 0 415 83669  Effectively this text consists of seventeen papers written specifically for this book by ‘scholars of color’ working as faculty (academic staff) in institutions of higher education in USA.  Each paper contains examples and personal, biographical anecdotes covering many of their experiences. These episodes are theorised and viewed through […]

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Bevis T B (2014) A History of Higher Education Exchange: China and America, London: Routledge

Routledge in International and Comparative Education ISBN 978-0-415-83990-3 235 pages This book is part of the series that offers a ‘global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.’ It is set in the context of […]

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Fuller K (2014) Gender Identity and Educational Leadership, London: Bloomsbury

Cost: £75.00 hardback ISBN: 978144116607490100  In her exploration of Gender. Identity and Educational Leadership, Kay Fuller discusses ‘how head teachers’ social identities – particularly pertaining to gender, social class and ethnicity – influence their leadership of diverse populations of pupils and staff.’[1] The book makes a very welcome contribution to intersecting fields of educational leadership […]

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Murphy D (2013) Professional School Leadership: Dealing with Dilemmas, Second edition, London: Dunedin

Number of pages: 196 ISBN: 978-1-78046-018-5 Cost:  £17.95 Dilemma: (a solution involving choice between two unsatisfactory alternatives; (b) a problem seemingly incapable of a satisfactory solution. New Penguin English Dictionary (2000) (p.1) This quote takes the reader on a journey of discovery that describes the day-to-day life of most school leaders. A role not easily […]

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Newton, Douglas P. (2014) Thinking with Feeling London: Routledge

204 pages Cost: £22.99 Douglas Newton combines scholarship and accessibility to produce a worthwhile addition to the literature on the relationship between thinking and feeling. He begins with a concise introduction to some of the issues in the interaction of cognition and emotion or, as he puts it, ‘sense and sensibility’. For more than two […]

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Kucer, S. (2014) Dimensions of Literacy: A conceptual base for teaching reading and writing in school settings 4th Edition London: Routledge

ISBN: 978 0 415 82646 4 372 pages           £30.99 This book is well structured and guides the reader through the inter-relationship between four key themes relating to literacy: the Linguistic and Other Sign Systems Dimensions of Literacy; the Cognitive Dimension of Literacy; the Sociocultural Dimension of Literacy and the Developmental Dimension of Literacy. Each theme […]

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Kennedy K J, Fairbrither G P and Shenzhou Z (2014) Citizenship Education in China: Preparing Citizens for the “Chinese Century” London: Routledge

Edited by Kerry J. Kennedy, Gregory P Fairbrother, Zhenzhou Zhao. Routledge 2013. 268 pages. Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia. Hardback: £80.00. ISBN13: 978-0-415-50272-6 The reader is left in no doubt as to the problematic nature of the term ‘citizenship education’ in China but this selection of papers from both Hong Kong based and […]

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Krogh, S.L & Morehouse, P. (2014) The Early Childhood Curriculum: Inquiry Learning Through Integration. New York: Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-82822-2 358 pages £55.99 This book explores the philosophy of ‘Inquiry Based Learning’ through an integrated curriculum, within the context of early years practice. It is written with a North American audience in mind, but the underlying principles of early years’ education mean that it is appropriate for a much wider readership. It comprises […]

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Pollard A with Black-Hawlins K, Cliff Hodges G, Dudley P, James M, Linklater H, Swaffiled S, Swann M, Turner F, Warwick P, WInterbottom M and Wolpert M (2014) Reflective Teaching in Schools. 4th Edition, London: Bloomsbury

558 pages ISBN:   978 1 4411 9170 0 AND Pollard A (ed) (2014) Readings for  Reflective Teaching in Schools  2nd Edition  London: Bloomsbury 484 pages ISBN:  978 1 4725 0974 1  It is very difficult to write a review of effectively two texts, each of some 500 pages.  For a practitioner the core text is […]

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Meyer H-D. & Benavot A. (eds.) (2013) PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance. Oxford: Symposium Books

335 pages ISBN 978-1-873927-96-0 The book is a series of essays from 23 different authors. After an overview in the introduction, and an insight into how PISA data has been used, the book is divided into four main sections: The Finland paradox; PISA, institutions, and the globalization of education governance; Non-educational influences on PISA outcomes; […]

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Marks, G. (2014) Education, Social Background and Cognitive Ability. Abingdon: Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-84246-4 292 pages (242 without references and index) Cost £74.50 From the outset, Gary Marks, the author of Education, Social Background and Cognitive Ability makes clear his intention in writing this book; to challenge commonly held views on the relationship between socioeconomic inequality, cognitive ability and educational and economic outcomes. The author draws on […]

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Smith P and Bell L (2014) Leading Schools in Challenging Circumstances: Strategies for Success London: Bloomsbury

171 pages ISBN:  978 1 4411 8405 4 Although  the authors claim that the text is divided into two parts, this is not shown in the contents – which divides the text into chapters, but not parts.  In fact, the early chapters do provide a contextualisation and a conceptualist on of ‘challenging schools’  This includes […]

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Holliman A J (ed) (2014) The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology London: Routledge

Pages: 351 (including index) Price: unspecified The book is divided into four parts. Section 1 is an introduction to educational psychology. Section 2 deals with the way in which children learn; Section 3 discusses issues concerning the assessment of children and finally section 4 relates of identification of and meeting the needs of children with […]

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Early P (2014) Exploring the School Leadership Landscape: Changing demands, changing realities London: Bloomsbury

180 pages £62.15 (hc)  £22.99 (pb) This latest edited book by Peter Earley is presents those of us who are interested in the development of school leadership policy and practice, with an opportunity to  pause and review progress since the turn of the century. The nine chapters take a largely research-based approach to a variety […]

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Singre A J and the Hofstra New Teachers Network (2014) Teaching to Learn. Learning to Teach 2nd Edition. London: Routledge

233 pages Second edition  (first edition 2004) This book is about learning to be a teacher and adopts a firmly integrated approach. It links theory with practice, knowledge with critical analysis, practicality with beliefs and values. It offers a model somewhat clumsily named PRO/CLASS to frame the chapters. PRO/CLASS stands for planning, relationships, organisation, community, […]

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