Evidence of the wide-ranging and diverse interests of members of academic and research staff in the Faculty comes in the form of the following books, all of which are available in the Faculty Library.
Michael Evans has edited ‘Teacher Education and Pedagogy: Theory, Policy and Practice’ which contains contributions from eight other members of Faculty staff. The key themes of the book are research, theory, policy and practice in relation to teacher education, and as Michael says in his introduction, ‘the book as a whole aims to provide a broad theoretical and policy-related canvas against which a more fine-grained depiction of aspects of teacher education practice are analysed.’
Central to ‘MasterClass in Music Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning’, one of whose editors is John Finney, is the idea of teachers engaging in research to enhance their music teaching. The contributors convey their enthusiasm for the research process and the ways in which it can help them to develop and extend their music classroom practice.
A number of past and present members of the Faculty have contributed to a work edited by Mike Younger and John MacBeath, ‘A Common Wealth of Learning; Millennium Development Goals Revisited’, which looks at the MDGs, using case studies of education in a wide range of Commonwealth countries. Many ideas for making progress towards the achievement of the Goals are discussed by the contributors, several of whom are members of the Centre for Commonwealth Education.
Another publication to come out of the Centre for Commonwealth Education is ‘Old Enough to Know: Consulting Children about Sex and AIDS Education in Africa’ by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed. This book is based on research which was carried out in three sub-Saharan African countries and examines children’s sexual knowledge and its interaction with formal schooling.
The name Mary Beaumont Medd may not be familiar to everyone but as Cathy Burke makes clear in her book ‘A Life in Education and Architecture’, Mary Medd was a pioneer in the design of school buildings. The book reveals the importance of the relationships between different architects, educators, artists and designers and how they influenced the architecture of new school buildings after World War 2.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Library if you would like to borrow any of the above books. And remember that details of all new books by Faculty members can be found on our Pinterest board.