Education Ebooks Collection – TOP PICKS – Routledge Handbooks Special

Education staff and students can view Recently Purchased Ebooks added to our Education Ebooks Collection but in case you missed any, here are some top picks from our Routledge Handbook titles. Take a look through the autumn leaves and find a handbook just for you!


New Routledge Handbooks have been added to the Education Ebooks Collection which you can browse by subject, author or title.

Added to the Second Language Teaching & Learning section:

Added to our English Education, Literacy Education & Second Language Teaching & Learning section: 

Added to the Child Development, Child Language and Second Language Teaching & Learning sections:

Added to the Multicultural Education and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education sections:

Added to the Learning, Sociology of Education and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education sections:

Added to the Cognition and Learning sections:

Added to the Higher Education section:

Added to the Assessment section:

Added to the Children & Childhood and Philosophy sections:

Added to the Early Childhood Education section:

Added to the Design & Technology, Mathematics Education and Science Education sections:

Added to the Art & Arts Education and Special Educational Needs & Disability sections:

Added to the Reading section:

Presenting our Faculty Publications – A little Michaelmas Magic!

Come along to our magical Education Ebook Collection* with its browsable ‘shelves’ searchable by subject, author or title making it easy to select your must have reads. *(Faculty of Education staff and students only)

Over the Summer we have added many ebook titles to treat yourself to whenever and wherever you are. Here are a few recent titles from our amazing Faculty colleagues.

Firstly, let us take you to the Media section, with a book written by Joe Sutliff Sanders:


The first two words that a very young Joe Sutliff Sanders could spell were “Joey” and “Batman.” As the decades rolled by, he dropped the “y” but grew, indeed cultivated his love of Batman. When an opportunity came to write the definitive book on one of the most influential chapters in the life of his favourite character, he didn’t even try to resist. The result is a book about how to have great conversations about things we love, bringing together art history, animation theory, the history of superheroes, and difficult, deeply conflicted ideas about gender. Joe Sutliff Sanders 

Next we go to the Ethics in Research and the Teachers & Teaching sections with the following publication that includes a chapter by Shawn Bullock:

Brandenburg, R., & McDonough, S. (Eds.) (2019). Ethics, self-study research methodology and teacher education. Springer.

Chapter 2: Returning to first principles: self-study and La Didactique as ethical approaches to teaching (pp. 15-28) written by Shawn Bullock

Studying one’s own practice brings some unique ethical considerations for the researcher-practitioner. Those of us who engage with the research methodology known as self-study of teaching and teacher education practices (S-STTEP) have been grappling with these ethical tensions for decades, but we recently welcomed the first full edited monograph devoted to Ethics, Self-Study Research Methodology, and Teacher Education (Edited by Robyn Brandenburg and Sharon McDonough). I co-authored a chapter with Dr. Cécile Bullock, entitled “Returning to First Principles: Self-study and La didactique as Ethical Approaches to Teaching”. Our arguments are twofold: (1) That studying one’s own practice requires an explicit grounding in the ethics of teaching and teacher education; and, (2) A French theoretical framework known as la didactique can be particularly useful for illuminating the ethical requirements of self-study research. Through a couple of examples from our own research, we conclude that une posture didactique can be used to make self-study research more ethically coherent, whilst simultaneously encouraging researchers to interrogate their assumptions about research. Those who are interested in self-study methodology are encouraged to examine the most recent Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education, also highlighted on this blog (LINK) and available as an ebook through the library. This second handbook responds to the 16 years of development the field has undergone since the first edition and points to new directions in the field. I was the co-editor responsible for Part II (Self-Study Methods and Methodologies) and know from experience working with our fantastic authors just how much careful thinking went into each chapter in our section. In addition to the introductory chapter, I also co-authored a critique of self-study (Chapter 15, again with Dr. Cécile Bullock) for the section. Having had a chance to read the rest of the handbook in its entirety and having worked with a fantastic editorial team, I know that each of the other sections offer considerable conceptual frameworks, challenges, and cutting edge research in self-study methodology. The sections of the book include: Foundations of Self-Study (Part I); Self-Study and Teaching and Teacher Education for Social Justice (Part III); Self-Study across subject disciplines (Part IV; I authored the chapter on Self-study and Science Teacher Education); and Self-Study in Teacher Education and Beyond (Part V) Shawn Bullock

Next we have a title added to the Classics section co-edited by Steven Hunt:

Lloyd, M., & Hunt, S. (Eds.) (2020). Communicative approaches for ancient languages. Bloomsbury

This book is the first in its field. It showcases current and emerging communicative practices in the teaching and learning of ancient languages (Latin and Greek) across contemporary education in the US, South America and continental Europe. The editors, Steven Hunt and Mair Lloyd, draw on experiences and practices from the school and university classrooms, as well as from more informal settings, such as immersion events. Steven Hunt.

And finally, we have a new title by Annouchka Bayley that has been added to the following sections:  

Arts & Arts Education

Philosophy of Education

Teaching & Teaching

Teaching Styles & Methods

Bayley, A. (2018). Posthuman pedagogies in practice: arts based approaches for developing participatory futures. Palgrave Macmillan.

Posthuman pedagogies in practice: arts based approaches to developing participatory futures explores arts-based practices for interdisciplinary (social science) higher education contexts.  Working with three main case studies (undergraduate, masters and doctoral level learning and teaching), the book presents critical discussion of how to work with posthumanism, new materialism and the arts, to develop critically engaged teaching and research practice in HE relevant for the complexities of 21st century participation. Annouchka Bayley 

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  Education Ebook Collection.

Welcome to the Library, PGCE Students!

The Library Team would like to offer the warmest welcome to all new students joining us this year, and especially our PGCE trainees who start this week!

We have oodles of resources that you can access exclusively through the Library Moodle Site. Accessible 24/7, here are some of the resources and services you can find:

Library Moodle Site Resources & Services

The Education Ebooks Collection is a unique curated collection of thousands of ebooks organised into education-related categories.

If you ever need help finding resources, our step-by-step guide will assist you! We’ll help you troubleshoot your way to finding the resources you need.

If you want a little extra help, you can book a virtual one-on-one with one of our talented Team. We can work on referencing, literature searching, or whatever it is your course requires!

In addition to all of the online resources and services you have access to, you also have help from an experienced, professionally qualified and friendly Library Team:

We want you to have the most amazing PGCE year with us here at the Faculty, so do let us know what we can do to help. We’re only an email away!

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.