Bill Boyle

  • 'This is a timely book that effectively challenges the current emphasis on a homogeneous approach to teaching, learning, and assessment in early literacy. It encourages us to engage with the real world complexity of young children's learning and offers a series of rich and detailed examples of this in practice.' 
    - Sally Neaum,Teesside and Durham Universities, and Author of Beyond Early Reading
    Grounded in classroom practice, this practical book shows trainees and current teachers how to scaffold children's literacy using a creative and supportive approach. It offers teaching strategies for Multiliteracies (fiction, expository/instructions, poetry, recount) and Multimodalities (reading, writing, speaking, listening, performing, illustrating) and helps to develop a relationship between teacher and learner.
    Chapter topics include:
    socio-dramatic play
    collaboration
    guided group teaching strategies
    integration of genres.



    This clear and accessible book will be extremely valuable to students and practitioners on PGCE programmes, B.Eds, Masters, workshop and conference CPD, and advanced Teaching Assistant training.
    Marie Charles is a teacher, formative assessment researcher and consultant. Professor Bill Boyle was until recently Director of CFAS in the School of Education, University of Manchester. Both authors are regularly involved in school-based research across England and international teacher training programmes.

  • Curriculum and curriculum issues are at the heart of current debates about schooling, pedagogy and learning. This book will enable practitioners, scholars and academics to understand how to re-design or to suggest changes to curriculum structure, shape and content. Grounded in theory and philosophy, the book also offers practical help in grasping this controversial area.
    Inside, the authors:

    provide practical planning templates
    support and provoke analysis, discussion and experimentation
    include definitions of key terms and reflective questions
    incorporate practical examples and case material based on their work worldwide on curriculum design and evaluation.

  • 'A unique blend of scholarly research-based principles of effective formative assessment with practical suggestions for use in the classroom. The authors show how the essence of formative assessment is in teachers' responses to the substance students' understandings, with a focus on how teachers can use pedagogical strategies to move students forward toward important learning outcomes. I highly recommend the book for both researchers and practitioners. It is an engaging, in-depth, sophisticated treatment of formative assessment.'
    - James H. McMillan, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Formative Assessment (AFL) supplies the strategy to support effective teaching, and to make learning deep and sustained. This book shows how to develop your planning for learner-centred day-to-day teaching and learning situations through an understanding of formative teaching, learning and assessment.
    Within each chapter, based on real teaching situations, the strategies of the 'formative assessment toolkit' are identified and analysed:
    guided group teaching
    differentiation
    observation & evidence elicitation
    analysis & feedback
    co-construction
    reflective planning
    self-regulation
    dialogue & dialogic strategies.

    The principles set out in this book can be applied to any age or stage in education, but will be particularly useful to current practising teachers, students following international and national teacher training courses; CPD or in-service work; and MEd and MA post-graduate assessment/teaching and learning modules. 

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