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Back to school reading list for educators

Packing up your beach towels and heading back to the class room? To help make lesson planning and curriculum writing easier, we have prepared you a reading list from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.


Rethinking Curriculum and Teaching: Reexamines curriculum and teaching to view them as two interrelated concepts embedded in the societal, institutional, and instructional contexts of schooling. Question the technicist and reductionist treatment of curriculum and teaching. Explore the re-envisioning of curriculum and teaching in view of the educational challenges of the 21st century.

Preparing to Teach in Inclusive Classrooms: This article presents a critical analysis of inclusive teacher education. The article argues that while teacher education programs have changed dramatically over the last few decades, there are still areas where more progress could be made. It also argues for a need to re-conceptualize the way we prepare teachers so that they can confidently include all learners. It presents a framework, largely influenced by the work of Shulman, which could be applied for the preparation of pre-service teachers to teach in inclusive classrooms.

Creativity in Education: Creativity is an essential aspect of teaching and learning that is influencing worldwide educational policy and teacher practice, and is shaping the possibilities of 21st-century learners. Learn about pedagogical approaches to teaching.

The Classroom:

Achievement Motivation in Education: Achievement motivation theories are used to understand gender discrepancies in motivation across various academic domains. In the fields of education, educational psychology, and psychology, they examine motivation beliefs, goals, and aspirations of male and female students. Discover gender-related trends in academic achievements and motivation.

Social Emotional Learning and Inclusion in Schools: Inclusive classrooms provide new opportunities for group membership and creation of effective learning environments. Explore how to facilitate inclusion in the classroom as an approach and philosophy.

Trust in Education: There is a growing awareness of the crucial role that trust plays in every aspect of a school’s functioning and especially to student outcomes.

Relational Pedagogy: In recent years, relation pedagogy has developed in novel ways in response to ongoing efforts at school reform that is based on constraining view of education as the effective teaching of content. This view prioritizes methods, curricula, and testing, which overshadows the human relationship between teacher and student. Explore this pedagogical approach of caring.

Teachers as Conscientious Objectors: This article explores the role of teachers as potential catalysts for conscientious objection to practices and mandates that stand against or compromise their professional ethics. Read about how moral commitments can be a source of teachers’ resistance.


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