The series is focused on enquiry with a view to improving practice through:
~ accessible content at the reader’s level about the main issues;
~ knowledge about a range of teaching methods and curriculum content;
~ knowledge about the way information and communicative technologies can influence teaching, learning and curriculum content;
~ enquiry tasks that encourage the reader to:
~~ assess and develop their understandings of the issues
~~ assess and develop their subject knowledge
~~ try out activities in the classroom and collect data about their effects and effectiveness;
~ an annotated reading list at the end of each chapter.
This text focuses on religious education, history, geography and cross-curricular planning in the primary school. It includes discussion of the purpose of education, and how the humanities fit into this.
Although some of the ideas contained in the book are complex and could be seen as demanding, the authors have been careful to keep the style straightforward and the language is accessible rather than ‘academic’. Wherever possible, new ideas and concepts are supported by concrete examples. The authors’ intention is to communicate clearly some of the complexity and subtlety of effective and reflective teaching.
Chapter 1. The continuing value of a humanitarian curriculum
Chapter 2. The literacy hour and beyond
Chapter 3. Looking afresh at history
Chapter 4. Looking afresh at geography
Chapter 5. Using artefacts to support children’s learning in religious education
Chapter 6. Field work, visits and work outside the classroom
Chapter 7. Spiritual, moral and cultural development
Chapter 8. Citizenship: a new word for humanities?
Chapter 9. ICT and the humanities
Chapter 10. Sustainability and the humanities
Chapter 11. Towards uncertain futures?