Education is in a constant state of change and development. Learning to Teach in the Primary School provides a pathway into Australian education for preservice primary teachers. This practical and engaging text includes strong links to the Australian Curriculum, and frames teaching around understanding primary students, how they learn, and their contexts. The book includes numerous valuable teaching resources such as:
applied learning boxes, discussion questions, and research topics
specific information related to the teaching of literacy, mathematics and science
practical guidance across a range of key learning areas, exploring the breadth and depth of teaching and learning opportunities for primary students.
Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of each contributor, this text provides techniques to engage primary students in high-quality education. The concluding chapters of the book focus on professional growth, making this a valuable resource throughout preservice teachers' tertiary coursework and into their professional careers.
About the Author
Dr. Peter Hudson's successful teaching career of 31 years includes 10 years as a school principal and lecturing at two universities. His teaching has included primary science, astronomy and earth science, primary mathematics education, TESOL education and practicum. His research focuses on: Mentoring preservice teachers; Science education; Leadership; TEFL education. He has over 70 refereed conference papers and journal articles (e.g., Science Education impact factor 1.312). In addition, scholars from universities around the world (e.g., United States, Philippines, Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, France, and England) have requested the use of his statistically-validated survey instruments for measuring and benchmarking educational standards in mentoring and science education. He currently supervises five doctoral students and is on the advisory board of three journals. Dr Hudson has designed various new units for QUT and Southern Cross University at undergraduate and graduate levels. He was also instrumental in devising and implementing new international courses for QUT (e.g., a new Bachelor of Education degree in Malaysia) and Southern Cross University (Hong Kong PELIP). His service includes: four Australian Schools Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) projects, work with the Australian Government Quality Teaching Program (AGQTP), professional development for numerous schools (teachers and principals), and consultancies with government bodies (e.g., the Joint Council of the Queensland Teachers' Association; JCQTA). He currently holds two Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and is Project Administrator for a $1.45 million Commonwealth Structural Reform Grant.
Preface Peter Hudson; 1. Child development: approaches to learning Karen Swabey; 2. Planning to manage my teaching in a democratic classroom Rebecca Spooner Lane; 3. Understanding the curriculum Tony Dowden; 4. Differentiating learning experiences for diverse students Jane Jarvis; 5. Tools for learning: technology and teaching strategies Lori Lockyer and Michelle Eady; 6. Multimodality and complex texts in university settings Jenni Carter and Christine Davis; 7. Mathematics and numeracy Shelley Dole; 8. Learning to teach primary science Peter Hudson; 9. Citizenship and social education in primary schools Libby Tudball; 10. Health and physical education: Students, teachers and the curriculum Jacqui Peters and John Quay; 11. Preparing to teach the arts in primary school Amy Hamilton; 12. Religious diversity and religious literacy Peta Goldburg; 13. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education Kaye Price; 14. Curricula integration Peter Hudson; 15. Professional experience Sue Hudson and Kerryn McCluskey; 16. Learning and teaching reflection: developing capacities for lifelong learning Mary Ryan and Michael Ryan.