Hopson R K and Dixson D D (eds) (2014) Race, Ethnography and Education. London: Routledge

138 pages ISBN:  978 0 415 85458 0 This text is a book developed from a previously published special edition of ‘Ethnography in Education’.  It consists of a collection of seven articles, organised into three sections.  Unless the reader holds this information in his/her head it is difficult to know when one passes from one […]

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Biesta G, Allan J and Edwards R (eds) Making a Difference in Theory: The theory question in education and the education question in theory. London: Routledge

216 pages In creating a space for scholars from across the English-speaking world as well as those situated in Continental modes of education research and education practice, this book considers the role and function of theory from historical and contemporary, cultural, political and moral perspectives. The first in a new series entitled Theorizing Education, Making […]

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Egan K, Cant A and Judson G (eds)(2014) Wonder-full Education: The centrality of wonder in teaching and learning across the curriculum. London: Routledge

243 pages Wonder-full Education focuses on the nature of wonder within education from a teachers’ perspective and within the joy of learning from a learners’ perspective. It is about the fascination felt when being taught by a knowledgeable passionate teacher. Whilst a play on words, the title Wonder-full Education considers how we can reclaim the […]

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Lingard B (2014) Politics, Policies and Pedagogies in Education: The selected works of Bob Lingard. London: Routledge

£90, 233pp ISBN 978-0-415-84145-0 As someone who is deeply interested in education policy, the opportunity to review this book came as a delight. It is a sumptuous collection and joins the World Library of Educationalists series of scholars at the forefront of education and educational thinking.  The World Library series gathers career – long works […]

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Niesche R (2014): Deconstructing Educational Leadership: Derrida and Lyotard London. Routledge

Number of pages: 144 ‘Leadership is more than an event’ (p58) Deconstructing Educational Leadership is an apt title for a book that takes two leading philosophers and critical thinkers to review education leadership. The book is part of a series in Critical Studies in Educational Leadership, Management and Administration (ELMA). A post-doctoral student, and former […]

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C. Day and D. Gurr (eds)(2014) Leading Schools Successfully: Stories from the field London: Routledge

Number of pages: 214 Cost: £85.00 This edited book on leadership in schools derives from the longitudinal International Successful School Principalship project (ISSPP) which sought, over a period of more than ten years, to compare and analyse the processes of leadership in successful schools in over fifteen countries. It is the fourth book published from […]

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O’Leary M (2014) Classroom Observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning London: Routledge

The book explores the role of classroom observation in the training assessment and development of new and experienced teachers. It describes various perspectives of classroom observation and its use in different contexts. There are three sections of which the first contextualises the topic against the wider socio-political and educational backdrop in which observation is perceived […]

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Branscombe N, Gunnels Burcham J, Castle K, Surbeck E with Dorsey A and Taylor J (2014) Early Childhood Curriculum: A constructivist perspective Second Edition London: Routledge

Number of pages 368 (including glossary, references and index) 341 (without) It is a book which promotes the active participation of practitioners and teachers in the development of their own classroom practice. The focus is curriculum design and implementation from a constructivist base; Piaget’s theory of ‘knowing’ and ‘how knowledge develops’ is key to this. […]

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Gilbert, I (2013) Essential Motivation in the Classroom: Oxon: Routledge

208 pages Cost: £17.99 (paperback) ISBN 978 0 415 64355 9 This book provides comprehensive guidance for enhancing pupil motivation in the classroom and the benefits from doing so. This book was first published ten years ago, yet surprisingly given the pace of change in education it is still relevant for today’s classroom. It is […]

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Moll L C (2014) L S Vygotsky and Education London: Routledge

Number of pages: 173 Cost: unspecified This book examines how Vygotskian theory influences education in such diverse ways as child development, bilingual learners, development of language and literacy and inclusive practices. It is divided into four chapters beginning with biography of Lev Vygotsky. The remaining three chapters relate to the author’s research with a particular […]

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Van Brunt B and Scott Lewis W (eds) (2014) A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behaviour, New York: Routledge

219 pages ISBN:  978 0 415 62828 0 It is essential to point out that this book is American.  Although the extreme consequences of neglecting behavioural issues may not seem altogether relevant to a European readership (mass shootings and murders on University campuses) there are many useful pointers regarding the risks faced by vulnerable students. […]

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Murray N and Klinger C (eds) (2014) Aspirations, Access and Attainment: International perspectives on widening participation and an agenda for change, London: Routledge

Pages: 195 ISBN:  978-0-415-82878-9 The international scope of this text covers the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa as a representative of sub-Saharan Africa.  The themes of widening participation and student retention are covered in great detail.  Indeed the issue of Widening Participation is dealt with from several dimensions – socio-economic, individual/moral and societal.  The […]

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McIntosh P and Warren D (2013) Creativity in the Classroom, Bristol: Intellect

284 pages ISBN 978 1 84150 516 9 The book consists of five parts, covering a range of teaching methods from several creative arts subject areas, including drama, film, music, poetry, photography, fine arts.  What is unique is that the teaching techniques described, and analysed relate to teaching and learning in very different subject areas, […]

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Gijbels D, Donche V, Richardson J, and Vermunt J (eds) (2014) Learning Patterns in Higher Education, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

313 pages ISBN  978 0 415 84252 5 This excellent text poses many uncomfortable questions to those with a responsibility for learning and teaching in University settings.  It is an edited text with contributions from writers from all over the world.  It is, however well edited, although several points are repeated throughout the text.  The […]

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Crowley S (ed) (2014) Challenging Professional Learning, London: Routledge

164 pages ISBN:  978-0-415-81694-6 Sue Rowley, the editor presents, in the final chapter, what she feels are the key issues covered in this edited text: Personalised learning Leadership and responsible, earned autonomy Resourcing CPD Measure of impact and success Learning cultures and expansive learning environments In fact the book offers far more, and the selected […]

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Gable, S.L. and Connor, D, j. (2014) Disability and Teaching. Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling. A Series for Prospective and Practicing Teachers. Abingdon, Routledge

Number of pages: 145 Cost: not specified The book is concerned with disability and teaching and is written by two university teacher educators who have worked previously in inner-city, small town and suburban elementary and middle school in the United States of America. They start from a premise that what happens within school is mainly […]

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Goodfellow R and Lea M (eds) (2013) Literacy in the Digital University: Critical perspectives on learning, scholarship and technology, London: Routledge

213 pages ISBN:  978 0 415 53797 1 Many universities have, as an aspiration, that students leave as graduates, and that the graduates are digitally literate.  This edited book contains thirteen chapters, all of which cover that theme.  There is though a critical thread that runs throughout.  Providing in-house learning platforms, and requiring students to […]

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Luckin R, Puntambekar S, Goodyear P, Granowski B, Underwood J, Winters N (2013) Handbook of Design in Education London: Routledge

516 pages Hardback: £140.00  Paperback: £70.00 ISBN: 978-0-415-80734-0, 978-0-415-80735-7 In its own introduction the book appears to cover a very wide range. Primarily it offers itself as a synthesis of current research in the field of the design of educational technology environments to support learning.  It then offers the extension of this potentially prescriptive account […]

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Caldwell, B. and Spinks, J. (2013) The Self-Transforming School. London: Routledge

Number of pages: 213 ISBN: 978-0-415-66059-4 This book is the fifth in the series of books which began in 1988 with The Self-Managing School. It moves the concept of self-management forward within this book. The idea of self-managing has developed into that of self- transforming, whereby schools are transforming their own education system to ensure […]

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Reid K (2014) Managing School Attendance Oxon: Routledge

220 Pages ISBN: 978 0 415 85447 4 Cost: Unspecified This book is focussed on school attendance, and as the author Reid states, it takes stock of where we are in the search towards finding effective solutions for improving school attendance and reducing truancy and non- attendance. It also suggests some ways of improving attendance […]

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Baildon M,Seng L K, Lim I M, Inanc G and Jaffar J (eds) (2014) Controversial History Eductation in Asian Contexts London: Routledge

ISBN: 978 0 41583352 3 This book provides an open exploration of both history textbook controversies and teaching historical controversy in Asian contexts. This includes case studies from a variety of countries and historical events spanning time and distance. The book is well structured and guides the reader through the issues of addressing and teaching […]

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