Teaching Primary Years

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Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

This edited collection provides specialist guidance in developing curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to meet the needs of primary years children. The text begins by exploring the unique characteristics of this age group including cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.

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SKU: 9781760632304 - 88 Category: Ages: Adult Author: Donna Pendergast, Katherine Main Publisher: Routledge Page count: 518 Edition: 1st Edition ISBN: 9781760632304 Publish date: 7th January, 2019

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The primary years are recognised as a distinct period in a child’s development with significant consequences for ongoing educational success. During this critical time, formal schooling and the associated activities introduce children to new and extended social roles where they learn to cooperate and collaborate with their peers and adults. Children also begin to develop a sense of themselves and their competence in a range of domains including social, academic, sport and music.

It considers the expectations of teachers, including ethical and legal issues and guidance on how to develop positive learning spaces and collaborative approaches. There is an exploration of the needs of the child including facilitating transition from the early years and into secondary school. The text then considers the curriculum in depth including language and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, science and technology, health and physical education and the humanities. A focus on some of the key challenges in primary education bring the book to its conclusion, including effectively harnessing digital technology, developing age appropriate pedagogies, practising differentiated learning and effective assessment.

Rich with insights from experts in the field and featuring case studies and practical examples throughout, this is a key resource for both pre-service and in-service primary teachers. Other professionals working with primary years students and parents will also benefit from engaging with this book.

Table of Contents

1. Primary years education – Donna Pendergast
2. Primary years students – Susanne Garvis
3. Primary school teachers – Donna Pendergast
4. Place and space for primary learners – Eva Nislev
5. Social and emotional wellbeing – Katherine Main
6. Leadership – Susanne Garvis and Liisa Uusimaki
7. Transition – Wendi Beamish and Annalise Taylor
8. English and literacy – Lisbeth Ann Kitson and Beryl Exley
9. Maths and numeracy – Kevin Larkin, Peter Grootenboer, Shelley Dole, Rebekah Strang and Alexandra Laird
10. Technology and coding – Peter Curtis, Darren Campbell and Chris Dann
11. Science – Reece Mills and Donna King
12. History, Geography, Economics and Civics – Brad McLennan and Karen Peel
13. The arts – Georgina Barton
14. Languages – Kerry Taylor-Leech
15. Health and Physical Education– Sue Whatman and Maree Dinan-Thompson
16. Age-appropriate engaging pedagogies – Raymond Brown
17. Integrated learning – Eva Nislev
18. Cooperative learning and collaborative teaching – Katherine Main and Sarah Prestridge
19. Promoting pro-social behaviour – Karen Peel and Brad McLennan
20. Digital learning – Shaun Nykvist, Christopher Blundell and Michelle Mukherjee
21. Personalised learning: Disability and gifted learners – Michelle Ronksley-Pavia
22. Assessment and learning – Katie Weir



Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Dr Katherine Main is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.

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