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Book of the week

The Psychology of Teaching and Learning in the Primary School
Edited by David Whitebread
RoutledgeFalmer pound;17.99

David Whitebread and his colleagues at Homerton College, Cambridge, have assembled a useful collection of essays on educational theory of interest to primary teachers. Research cannot answer all the questions teachers might ask, but the best of it can illuminate matters such as how chlidren learn certain concepts, or what teaching strategies might be effective in specific contexts.

The book is divided into three major sections, covering the organisation of learning, teaching the curriculum and the education of all children. In general, the standard of writing is high, and some contributions are models of clarity.

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