on 17 June 2008
Ian Phillips has been able to make a distinctive contribution to a field that already includes the excellent Reflective History Teaching 11-18 by Rob Phillips and the classic Learning to Teach History in Secondary School by Terry Haydn et al. This book will be very useful if you are going to be a PGCE student teacher or if you are training through the GTP scheme as it explores the role of History in the new Secondary Curriculum; it explains the nature of reflective practice in a way that will help with Masters level assignments; and it is packed with references to many other useful teaching and learning ideas from leading members of the History teaching community. It has a linked website with three lessons to watch that are discussed in the text. It will help you know what to look for when observing and give you ideas to help you on teaching practice.
If you are an NQT or a new Head of Department, consider asking your school to buy you a copy as part of your induction. If you have been teaching for a while and need something that will generate discussion at school this book will help and some of Ian's comments will make you laugh; that wry laugh when you recognise a familiar situation and realise you have been offered a insightful analysis of it...
The book is full of examples that reveal Ian's understanding that an effective introduction to teaching History builds upon the way you learned History at university, and yet encourages you to connect with the very creative community of History teachers in UK schools...
on 24 May 2011
This book is very helpful for those who are thinking about, or completing, their PGCE course. I've not yet started mine but it is proving a very helpful book for focusing my mind and what it means to be a good history teacher. The book is also accompanied by some excellent resources on the web.
on 31 July 2013
This is a really good book. It strips down the basics of history teaching down to the nuts and bolt. I particularly like the way it uses the publisher's website to provide video recordings of 50-minutes history lessons, then refers to good and bad points from those lessons to make a point. This is the best use of the internet I have seen by a writer in a book.
However, the world of history-in-education has moved on markedly since the last edition of this book was published. Ofsted inspection criteria has changed dramatically since Peter Duffy's lessons were originally made: I wondered what an inspector would make of the lesson shown in the film clips now. Please don't get me wrong. I learnt a lot by viewing Dr Duffy's lessons. I thought there was a lot about the lessons that were excellent, but the goalposts have moved and I fear that Dr Duffy's brilliant lessons may now be out-of-date. The book also refers to QCA and 'Teachers' TV' websites which are sadly no longer available.
If you are a beginner teacher I would highly recommend this book. It shows you how to teach history. However, there are chunks of it that I feel are no longer current. I wish Ian Phillips would update this excellent. He is a good writer who explains the craft of history teaching well.