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Teaching Middle Years

Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Edited by Donna Pendergast and Nan Bahr    
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
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Teaching Middle Years


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An updated edition of the comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing area of middle schooling, for teachers, teacher education students and school administrators.


The middle years of schooling are increasingly recognised as a crucial stage in students' lives, one that has significant consequences for ongoing educational success. International research indicates that young adolescents benefit from programs designed especially for their needs.

Teaching Middle Years offers a systematic overview of the philosophy, principles and issues in middle schooling. It includes contributions from academics and school-based practitioners on intellectual and emotional development in early adolescence, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment of middle years students. This second edition is fully revised to reflect the latest research findings. It includes new chapters on students with diverse needs, school partnerships with families and community, and effective team teaching. Also new to this edition is a chapter that brings middle schooling concepts to life by providing real examples of reform in action.

Written for teachers, student teachers, education leaders and policy makers, Teaching Middle Years is an essential resource for anyone involved in educating young adolescents.

Reviews of the first edition:

'Teaching Middle Years gives the reader many ideas and examples based on sound research. It's an excellent coverage of the current thinking in this critical area of education.'- from Teacher: The National Education Magazine

'...offers educators a combination of theoretical constructions based on Australian and international research and practical suggestions for teaching middle years students based on the proven good practices of many effective middle years teachers.' - from the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling

'This book should be required reading for every middle school leader who strives to better understand and facilitate middle level learning and achievement.' - from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

Associate Professor Donna Pendergast is Head, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Associate Professor Nan Bahr is Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology.

ISBN: 9781742371917
Australian Pub.: August 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Education
Edition Number: 2nd