Active Learning in Primary Classrooms
A Case Study Approach

By Jenny Monk & Cathy Silman
September 2011
Pearson Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781408232880
253 pages, Illustrated
$52.50 Paper Original

This brand new text not only explores and examines the concept of active learning, but demonstrates how every teacher, new or experienced, can translate theory into practice and reap the rewards of children actively engaged in their own learning in the classroom.

Central to the book is the series of extended case studies, through which the authors highlight examples of effective teaching and learning across the whole primary curriculum. They provide practical examples of planning, teaching and assessing to encourage, inspire and give confidence to teach in creative, integrated and exciting ways.


Part One

1.1 Setting the context - a brief overview of development of primary education
1.2 Active Learning - reflections on research into children’s learning and development.
1.3 Inclusion
1.4 Starting from the early years
1.5 Translating theory into action - the tools for effective teaching and learning:

Part Two - Case Studies

2.0 Introduction to case studies
2.1 The Gruffalo: getting the balance right
2.2 The Brown Paper House: harnessing curiosity
2.3 The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch: challenges and problem solving
2.4 Markets: problem solving in a mathematical context
2.5 Robots: cooperation and collaboration in the context of design and technology
2.6 Mighty UK: communication, language and literacy in a collaborative context
2.7 Art Attack: teaching the skills and connecting with an audience

Part Three - Examples of practice

3.1 Sowing the seeds for active learning
3.2 Planning process - stage one
3.3 Planning process - stage two
3.4 Further ideas



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