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Big Fish, Little Fish
Teaching and Learning in the Middle Years

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Susan Groundwater-Smith, Nicole Mockler, Craig Campbell, Kay Whitehead, Andrew J. Martin, Lisa Hunter, Jenny Poskitt, Jane Hunter, Sara Murray, Jane Mitchell, Sam Sellar, Greg Thompson, Peter Buckskin, Angus Macfarlane, Margaret Mulcahy, Donna Pendergast, Sally Knipe, Lyn Kirkby
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  • Date Published: June 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107432314

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  • Big Fish, Little Fish: Teaching and learning in the middle years provides pre-service and early career teachers with a pathway to understanding the needs of students as they make the important transition from primary to secondary schooling. The book explores contemporary challenges for teaching and learning in the middle years, with a focus on student experience, identity, engagement and resilience. Key issues, such as teaching academically at-risk students, the impact of education policy on middle years students, and teacher preparation and identity, are given comprehensive coverage. Unique to this text is its focus on and analysis of the history of middle-years education, as well as its in-depth discussion of the experiences of young Indigenous and Māori students. Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of its contributors, Big Fish, Little Fish prepares pre-service teachers to best meet the needs of students as they enter the challenging middle years of their education.

    • Provides a unique focus and analysis of the history of middle-years education
    • Focuses on key issues such as teaching academically at-risk students, the impact of education policy on middle years students, and teacher preparation and identity
    • Includes a team of contributors with a wide range of expertise in the field
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    • Date Published: June 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107432314
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 177 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Challenges for teaching and learning in the middle years Susan Groundwater-Smith and Nicole Mockler
    2. Questions arising from the history of schooling young people in the middle years Craig Campbell and Kay Whitehead
    Part II. The Needs of Learners in the Middle Years:
    3. Teaching academically at-risk students in middle school: the roles of explicit instruction and guided discovery learning Andrew J. Martin
    4. Success after (dis)continuous transfer? (Re)imaginative praxis for pedagogy, curriculum and assessment Lisa Hunter
    5. A fair go and student agency in the middle years classroom Susan Groundwater-Smith
    6. Consulting young people in the middle years in New Zealand Jenny Poskitt
    7. High possibility classrooms in the middle years: a model for reform Jane Hunter
    Part III. Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Middle Years:
    8. Teaching strategies that encourage student effort in Year 8 and 9 Sara Murray and Jane Mitchell
    9. Visceral pedagogies: learning to teach middle years in the margins Sam Sellar
    10. The challenges of testing accountability: understanding limitations and negotiating consequences Greg Thompson
    11. Indigenous learners in the middle years Peter Buckskin
    12. The experiences of Māori students in the middle years Angus Macfarlane
    13. Changing scenarios for teaching and learning in middle years Margaret Mulcahy
    Part IV. Preparing Teachers for the Middle Years:
    14. Teacher identity in the middle years Donna Pendergast
    15. Swimming up-stream: struggles in teacher education Sally Knipe
    16. Leading teacher professional learning in the middle years Lyn Kirkby
    Part V. Conclusion:
    17. The middle years as a site for reform: from local to global Nicole Mockler.

  • Authors

    Susan Groundwater-Smith, University of Sydney
    Susan Groundwater-Smith is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

    Nicole Mockler, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
    Dr Nicole Mockler is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

    Contributors

    Susan Groundwater-Smith, Nicole Mockler, Craig Campbell, Kay Whitehead, Andrew J. Martin, Lisa Hunter, Jenny Poskitt, Jane Hunter, Sara Murray, Jane Mitchell, Sam Sellar, Greg Thompson, Peter Buckskin, Angus Macfarlane, Margaret Mulcahy, Donna Pendergast, Sally Knipe, Lyn Kirkby

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