New to the Education Ebooks Collection – TOP PICKS – Education Around the Word – Bloomsbury Collection Special

Education staff and students can view Recently Purchased ebooks added to our Education Ebooks Collection but in case you missed them, here are the latest top picks added to the Global Education sections below. We have recently purchased the Bloomsbury Education Around the World ebooks package, which complements our existing global education selection of ebooks:

Found in the Comparative Education section:

Found in the Education in Africa & South Africa Section:

Found in the Education in America (North & South) section:

Found in the Education in Asia Section:

Found in the Education in Europe Section:

Found in the Education in Oceania Section:

New to the Online Education Library – Ebook TOP PICKS – Research Methods Special

Education Staff and Students can view Recently Purchased ebooks added to our Online Education Library but in case you missed them, here are the latest top picks added to the Research Methods section:

Found in the Arts Based Methods & Research with Children sections:

Found in the Arts Based Methods section:

Found in the Action Research section:

Found in the Educational Research section:

Found in the Qualitative Research section:

Found in the Statistics section:

Found in the Visual Research Methods section:

Found in the Academic Writing & Study Support section:

If it is research methods you want, the Faculty of Education Library Moodle site has the resources you need so why not take a look at our Research Methods Guide. Sections covering a wide range of methods from action research to visual research methods, with journal articles, videos, ebooks and more.

New to the Online Education Library – Ebook TOP PICKS – Primary Education Special

Education Staff and Students can view Recently Purchased ebooks added to our Online Education Library but in case you missed them, here are the latest top picks added to the Primary Education section:

Presenting our Faculty Publications – Easter Ebook Eggs-Travaganza

Come along on an ebook hunt to our Online Education Library* with browsable ‘shelves’ of ebooks also searchable by subject, author or title making it easy to select from the egg-stensive range of titles. *(Faculty of Education staff and students only)

This Spring we have some egg-cellent ebook titles to treat yourself to. Here are a few recent titles from our amazing Faculty colleagues.

First in our ebook hunt is a title from our Equal & Inclusive Education section, edited by Nidhi Singal, Pauline Rose & Madeleine Arnot (Emeritus Professor in Sociology of Education).

Rose, P., Arnot, M., Jeffery, R., & Singal, N. (2021). Reforming education and challenging inequalities in southern contexts: research and policy in international development. Routledge

Next in our basket of treats comes from the Comparative Education and International Education sections.

Chapter 16: Cultural political economy (CPE) in comparative and international education: putting CPE to work in studying globalisation. (pp. 267-282) written by Susan Robertson

We even have an Open Access Easter treat for you! Freely available there is a publication co-edited by Fiona Maine and Maria Vrikki, showing the interdisciplinarity of the DIALLS Project

Maine, F., & Vrikki, M. (Eds.). (2021). Social Responsibility Through the Lens of an Agenda for Cultural Literacy Learning: Analyses of National Education Policy Documentation. Springer


We finish off our eggs-travaganza with an ebook from our Children’s Literature Criticism and Film Studies sections, edited by Zoe Jaques:

Chapter 7:  “Remember me”: intergenerational dialogue in disney-pixar animation (pp. 85-98) written by Zoe Jaques

Chapter 11:  “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”: the mediating child and the ethics of cohabitation (pp. 147-161) written by Blanka Grzegorczyk

This chapter reads post-9/11 children’s fiction such as Sita Brahmachari’s Tender Earth (2017) and Rachel Anderson’s Asylum (2011) as a counter-narrative to the voices of anti-immigrant rhetoric that reduce human beings to the status of objects and threats. This reading also engages with post-terror writing for the young as an expression of a common humanity that involves young readers in a recognition of its fundamental condition of precariousness and as an opening up to globality that seeks to conceive of the cosmo-political solidarity required by anti-racism as a cross-generational and -cultural tackling of imbalances of power. The chapter traces the ways in which Brahmachari and Anderson credit their young protagonists with the capacity to mobilise such alliances. It discusses these efforts of solidarity as shaped by a rearticulated humanist ethic focused on the precariousness of all life and by principled opposition to the nationalist, racist, and rights-stripping thinking with which the popular language of immigration has been entangled. Blanka Grzegorczyk

Remember you can keep up to date with the full range of Faculty publications via #EdFacPublications.
Faculty of Education staff and students can also view Recently Purchased eBooks that have been added to our Online Education Library.

YESSS – Your Education Subject Specific Specialised Support

Whatever your question, the answer is YESSS we have the resources on the Library Moodle site to help you with that!  Your Education Subject Specific Specialist Library Team is here to support Faculty staff and students throughout this pandemic and beyond, with whatever you need, whenever you need it. 

Faculty of Education staff & students can search for ebooks by subject, author or title in the Online Education Libraryspecially curated to support your studies and research. Or you can just browse the subject ‘shelves’ as you would in the physical library… 

Don’t forget to check out the Top 20 Recently Purchased  list of ebooks, you might see something surprising which interests you – just like the serendipitous act of browsing the shelves in the physical library! 
If you’ve checked the Online Education Library, as well as our Help! I can’t find guidance 
but still can’t find the item you want to read, request an ebook for purchase and we will investigate for you.
Use our Library Guides to find resources on research methods, detailed guidance on literature searching, or advice on referencing and using Zotero.
Need to talk to a real person?  No problem! Book a Click & Connect appointment for 1:1 subject specific specialist support on literature searching, referencing your sources – or just help with navigating the wealth of online information out there! 

Remember that your Education Library service is #NotJustARoomFullOfBooks… 

Presenting our Faculty Publications – Find your perfect ebook match

Show our Online Education Library * some love this Valentines Day. With browsable ‘shelves’ of ebooks searchable by subject, author or title you can easily select from the extensive range of titles to find your perfect match.
* (Faculty of Education staff and students only)

Here are a few recent titles from our amazing Faculty colleagues, so sit back and take a look.

Firstly, new to the Higher Education section, we have a chapter written by Hilary Cremin in Brantmeier, E., & McKenna, M. (2020). Pedagogy of vulnerability. Information Age.

Chapter 2: Barefoot hope for peace: vulnerability in peace education. Written by Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester

The book covers topics such as vulnerabilities associated with various identities and vulnerabilities associated with different places, such as study abroad, or learning outdoors. It is not so much a book about reducing vulnerabilities, it is more about claiming vulnerabilities in order to connect and engage with others in meaningful ways, especially through education. This applies especially to people in positions of power and authority, or people who come from dominant groups in society, where the temptation is often to lean into the benefits that power brings rather than opening up to the experiences of others. It is easier to hide behind institutional norms, or to fake confidence, than to engage in deep listening and to be troubled by different perspectives.

It is also easier to act in disembodied ways. As a trainee teacher Hilary was told to fake anger when it was not real, and to hide real anger so as not to be out of control. This lack of genuineness takes its toll, however, both on the bodies of teachers, and on the bodies of young people, who need authenticity and empathic relationships in order to feel safe and to learn. Exposing vulnerability as a teacher in school, or at university level, feels (and is) risky. Hilary and Kevin share their poetry, their shared experiences of childhood disadvantage and the love that binds them and others in the CPERG research group. The love that dares not speak its name. They conclude by drawing on Bel hooks who calls for an acknowledgement of love and eros in processes of teaching and learning. Not of course abusive sexualisation, but the love, desire and passion that is so hard to express in our schools and universities. Kevin and Hilary argue that without love, and the vulnerability that this brings, there is no chance for true connection, learning and growth.

This book will be suitable for all of our students and colleagues with an interest in these topics.” Hilary Cremin

Along with the Cambridge Peace Education Research Group , Hilary Cremin has launched The Poetic Offerings for Peace (POP) website, sending out a daily peace education lesson to support young people and their educators in their online learning.  This is following the Ban treaty (making nuclear weapons illegal) which came into force on 22nd January.

Next, in the Lesson Study section, we have a chapter written by Peter Dudley in Murata, A., & Lee, C. K. (Eds.). (2021). Stepping up lesson study: an educator’s guide to deeper learning. Routledge.

Chapter 3: How case pupils, pupil interviews and sequenced research lessons can strengthen teacher insights in how to improve learning for all pupils. Written by Peter Dudley

“The 150 year-old Japanese collaborative classroom research phenomenon of Lesson Study went global with the publication of ‘The Teaching Gap’ by Americans James Hiebert and Jim Stigler in 1999. Twenty two years on, lesson study is in use in over 80 countries. It is timely, then, that two international ‘giants’ of lesson study have edited a book that focuses on helping practitioners everywhere to ‘go deeper’ into lesson study and so get more from it for their practice and for their pupils. Harvard and Berkely Professor Aki Murata is a distinguished global lesson study scholar and leader who helped introduce lesson study into the US and well beyond. Christine Lee has led the development and implementation of lesson study in Singapore and also globally as past president of the World association of Lesson Studies ( which has launched this WALS-Routledge book series. Perspectives in this book on deepening lesson study knowledge and practice come from Japan, USA, Singapore, UK, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.” Peter Dudley

Moving on to the Children’s Literature section we have an ebook written by Blanka Grzegorczyk:

Grzegorczyk, B. (2020). Terror and counter-terror in contemporary British children’s literature. Routledge.

“Terror and Counter-Terror in Contemporary British Children’s Literature is about what changed in the connection between children’s fiction and terror after the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, and about why the responses to these events have endured through contemporary writing for the young. At a time when new habits of speaking up have already incubated youth-led protest movements that call for action on climate change or demand an end to police brutality and gun violence, it is crucial that we pay attention to how young people are posited as and encouraged to become agents of resistance in fiction. The books examined here, such as Anna Perera’s Guantanamo Boy (2009), Miriam Halahmy’s Hidden (2011), Malorie Blackman’s Noble Conflict (2013), Nikesh Shukla’s Run, Riot (2018), and Muhammad Khan’s I Am Thunder (2018), speak a counter-narrative to the two-tribes rhetoric at the same time that they present violence as the common language of both terrorists and governments. This study maps new connections for scholars, students, and readers of contemporary children’s fiction who are interested in how such writing addresses some of the most pressing issues affecting us today, including survival after terror, migration, and community building.” Blanka Grzegorczyk

Other recent publications by our Faculty Staff include the following….

Blanshard, A. & Stafford, E. (Eds.) (2021). The modern Hercules: images of the hero from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. Brill.

Chapter 8: Demigod, god or monster? Rick Riordan’s Hercules. Written by Frances Foster.
Find this in the Classics section.

Finally, new to the Teachers & Teaching section is an ebook edited by Shawn Bullock, who has also written a chapter.

Kitchen, J., Berry, A., Bullock, S., Crowe, A., Guðjónsdóttir, H., & Taylor, M. (Eds.). (2020). International handbook of self-study of teaching and teacher education practices. Springer.

Chapter: Navigating the pressures of self-study methodology (pp. 245-267). Written by Shawn Bullock

Remember you can keep up to date with the full range of Faculty publications via #EdFacPublications.
Faculty of Education staff and students can also view Recently Purchased eBooks that have been added to our Online Education Library.

Welcome to your Education Library Christmas!

Library Team Christmas baubles

Researching around the @EdFacLib tree – have a happy holiday!

The Faculty will be closed from 24th December – 3rd January but fear not! The Education Library Elves have been hard at work to make sure you still have our virtual support, with 24/7 access to the Library Moodle site

Put your feet up, sit in front of the fire, eat a mince pie and browse the shelves of our Online Education Library of ebooks – organised by subject but searchable too! 

When you are sitting back and mulling over your research project or wondering how you’ll find more material on your subject, take a look at our advice on searching for ebooks or journal articles

Our Research Methods Guide will introduce you to ebooks, journal articles and to other literature on different methodologies. 

If you are pondering how to cite that quote from your favourite Christmas story, just pop to our Referencing Guide and find the answer. 

Got any questions? You might find the answers in our FAQs section.   

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If you’re looking to borrow books from the Education Library before the Faculty Christmas closure, use our Click & Collect service! You can place a request until Wednesday 16th December, last date for collection is on Friday 18th December (before 5pm).

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If you need 1:1 support in literature searching, referencing or using Zotero, don’t forget that you can Click & Connect with your Library Elves! Bookings are available until 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December

Your Education Library Team wish you a very happy Christmas break and we look forward to connecting with you again in the New Year! 

A year in the Education Library…


Looking back over the last year of service in the Education Library it genuinely seems amazing that we’ve got through it all! Between staffing problems and strikes and Covid (oh my!) it’s been a genuine adventure figuring out how to put the pieces together to provide a professional, approachable service for the Education Faculty.

We wanted to take a look back at some of the challenges we have faced over the last year, when essentially we have provided an embedded service for half the year in person, and half the year online, with some of the feedback we’ve received this year along the way.

Half in person…

“You guys have been real life savers throughout the year and the library has been the perfect little bubble in which to focus on my studies.” – PGCE student

Reading Lists: 
The Education Library supports seven different programmes within the Faculty, each with multiple courses, and a big part of this is the summer work in organising reading lists for the coming year. Starting at the end of June, the Library Team researches, updates and creates over 100 reading lists from across the Faculty for the coming academic year. Unlike most faculties, our Michaelmas Term starts in early September with the incoming PGCE Teacher Trainer cohort of over 300 students.

“…an exemplar of an inclusive approach…” – Head of DRC  

In order to make material accessible to every student, whether they are full-time, part-time or studying at a distance, for several years the Library Team has worked closely with academics to ensure that nearly all core readings are accessible electronically — a practice which has proved invaluable during the pandemic. However, the start of 2019-2020 had a few additional piquancies. Changes in the library catalogue meant that many of the thousands of entries in the reading lists had to be changed again AND 1/3 of the Library Team went on maternity leave with uncertainties over cover for their positions! Meaning we started the year with a big question mark around what services we could provide at all.

“I think you (and your colleagues) are doing an amazing job. Many thanks for your time and the care you are taking over [organising reading lists]! Good luck with the other 100 lists!” – Academic staff

New Staff: Luckily, the two positions were filled, and we were able to start the year with a full team! It meant that 1/3 of us were getting trained/up to speed during Michaelmas–the busiest term of the year–but with a lot of long hours and dedication from the entire team we were able to provide a seamless service to our staff and students.

“Just wanted to note how much we appreciate the positive and supportive attitude of the Faculty of Education library staff. I’ve never found its equal anywhere.” – PhD student

Teaching and Inductions: The Library Team were kept busy throughout our time in the Faculty this year, leading over 60 group teaching sessions for students! In addition, we conducted at least another 65 follow-up 1-2-1 appointments with both academic staff and students on referencing and literature searching through our range of resources. Our offer of individual support continues even at a distance, adapting our 1-2-1 in-person service to digital sessions.

“Thank you so very much for the session this afternoon. It was fabulously useful. I’ve been wondering around since with the “I WISH I HAD KNOWN THAT FOR MY MASTERS!’ feeling. […] Thank you. It’s made such a difference to my approach to my subject already.” – EdD student

Half online…

“Once more, the Education Library have shown what a brilliant service they are. Their rapid shift to many more on-line sources and resources has enabled our students the kind of access they need to produce outstanding work. Thank you  Education Library Team from the Faculty of Education!” – Professor Susan Robertson, Head of Faculty

Closing the Library: Between the union strikes during the year and the pandemic, it feels like even for our full-time students we have been running a distance service for at least half the year. Updating our “Digital Library” through the Moodle Site was vital as all of our students became distance learners! We have changed resources and recommendations to re-centre on online resources, expanding our LibGuides and creating new sections to specifically support different forms of dissertations, research methods, as well as online teaching & learning during lockdown.

“…library resources, information and guidance into the very centre of the Faculty’s presence in Moodle…with specific sections for the courses and then generic sections for research, literature review and other guidance.” – Teaching & Learning Systems Team Leader UIS

Needless to say, our distance requests for support have been higher than ever!

“I really don’t know what I would do without you. I am so bad at referencing but you have been a wonderful teacher . Thank you so much!!” – MPhil student

Ebook purchases: In the past year the Library Team received over 700 requests to purchase new material from staff and students! Nearly 400 of these requests were ultimately purchased as ebooks, and added to our Online Education Library. The Online Library has been something the Team has been building and organising for years to support distance and part-time students, but has been an invaluable resource while we plan for teaching to be conducted online.

“This is a brilliantly helpful initiative!” – Head of the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning

During the past 4 months we have continued to use our specialised subject knowledge to assess purchase requests for new material in Education on behalf of our Faculty and the University Library — to find the best and most relevant titles for purchase where possible, and researching and recommending similar resources when not. A lot of staff hours and professional expertise goes into expanding our Online Library with high-quality resources, making it easy to use whatever course or research our Faculty members are engaged in.

“Thanks so much for all the support you have provided us students in this time. The ebooks list is absolutely fantastic!” – PhD student

Emails & LibChat: The Library Team email has never exactly been a quiet place. But losing one team member leaving just before lockdown, and the move to providing an entirely online service, it seems to have kept us on our toes more than ever before. In the past week alone we’ve responded to over 200 emails (and this has been a relatively quiet week)!  During lockdown, we have also launched a trial of the LibAnswers App, LibChat. We have had incredibly positive responses from staff and students on both services, and it has certainly been a way to continue maintaining our drop-in service for the Faculty community while we are all working remotely. It’s again through the long-hours and dedication of our team that we have helped our Faculty keep pace with the demand of their learning and research over the last months.

‘Thank you for all of your lovely emails during this challenging time. Thank you again for all your support throughout my three years here. I was very much looking forward to the afternoon cake parties in Easter term and I will treasure the memories I have of the library.” – Undergraduate student


Coming full circle….

‘Thank you again for your amazing support so far. You have been so helpful with all my requests. We are really lucky at the Edu Faculty to have you as our librarians!’ – PhD student

It’s that time again where we are receiving new reading lists every week for the coming year. The team is hard at work sourcing new and existing online resources to support full learning online, which for us begins in September, not to mention the volume of queries from graduate students getting ready to hand in!

Funnily enough, we are yet again facing staff insecurities going into the new academic year, this time with the possibility of operating our service with only half the team. It’s a prospect we’re not looking forward to — not only because we may lose some wonderful colleagues who have been invaluable in supporting Faculty students, staff and researchers throughout 2019-20 — but because sadly we will have to rationalise the services we currently provide to over 1,000 students, and more than 100 academic and research staff and which are so highly valued by our Faculty.

‘The Education Faculty Library provides an excellent service and facilitates the study experiences of all of its students and staff members. Having completed my undergraduate, PGCE and currently my MEd at the Faculty, I can’t but emphasise the importance of having a library and a library team that provide high-quality and specialised services. […] I think the Education Faculty stands out among the Cambridge libraries due to the quality of support given to all students and the wonderful team that always goes the extra mile to make learning an enjoyable and high-quality experience for all.’ – MEd Student


Providing an Online Education Library Service

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Like so many other libraries, we were devastated when our physical library closed, because of the strong ties we have with our Education community of students, lecturers and researchers. But we found some comfort in the fact that supporting students remotely was not entirely new. For the Education Library it was a matter of shifting our energies to support the online library we were already running. 


large proportion of our research and student Education community have full-time jobs, or permanently live some distance away from Cambridge. Nearly half of the nine different degree routes we support fall under this category, including a yearly cohort of approximately 300 teacher trainees. So even when we have full access to all the resources of our Library, one of our ongoing goals is finding the best ways for everyone to be able to access the information they need. Over many years, we have developed our Library Moodle site to be a one-stop digital library, providing a portal to reading lists, ebooks and LibGuides tailored to suit the individual needs of our varied user groups. Our development of this site has been a constant self-reflective process, affecting so many of our day-to-day operating decisions, from acquisitions to reading lists to communications. 

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These are some of the provisions we have already included: 

  • A searchable index of ebookscurated by subject knowledge of the different teaching programmes, updated nearly daily with new purchases 
  • Reading lists for each course, with links to the digital editions of core readings 
  • Referencing Guide showing the correct style for in-text citations and reference list formation for commonly used and obscure resources in line with Faculty guidance, along with advice for setting up our supported referencing software 
  • A tailored Research Methods Libguide, with links to ebooks and online journal articles for different areas of inquiry, currently being updated to reflect new forms ocourse assessment 
  • Literature Searching LibGuide with step-by-step guidance in systematic approaches to literature searching of Education bibliographic databases 



Because of the distributed nature of our Faculty community, the Education Library is often a touchstone for communication and inclusion. We use multi-level approaches to information distribution including Faculty mailing lists, targeted group messaging through Moodle, social media promotions, explanations through the blog and text messaging to groups. By layering how we communicate we are usually able to deliver a strategy which means all students have access to the information.  

Kitchen work

Our experience in supporting distance students and researchers has taught us that libraries are far more than just a room full of books. Our efforts to support our Education community are required to be critical, iterative and self-reflective, because the people we support are. Everything we do is being revised to make sure that it is the best we can offer our community, but that is actually business as usual. We are still a library service. An online library service 


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