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.
Table Of Contents:
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List of contributors
PART 1 The middle years as a site for educational reform
Chapter 1 Middle schooling
Chapter 2 The philosophy of middle schooling
Chapter 3 The middle years learner
Chapter 4 Differentiated learners
Chapter 5 The middle years learner's brain
Chapter 6 Developing resilience
Chapter 7 Efficacy and research
PART 2 Curriculum practices for the middle years
Chapter 8 Literacies
Chapter 9 Numeracy
Chapter 10 Physicality and learning
Chapter 11 Integrated curriculum
Chapter 12 Negotiated curriculum
PART 3 Pedagogical practices for the middle years
Chapter 13 Collaborative learning
Chapter 14 Higher order thinking
Chapter 15 Teacher-student relationships
Chapter 16 Managing behaviour
Chapter 17 Community
Chapter 18 Teams and teaming practices
PART 4 Asses