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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good book, but past its sell-by-date I think, 31 July 2013
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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 Ofsted inspection criteria has changed dramatically since Peter Duffy's lessons were originally made: I wondered what an inspector would make of the lesson shown in the film clips now.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the lessons that were excellent, but the goalposts have moved and I fear that Dr Duffy's brilliant lessons may now be out-of-date.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 However, there are chunks of it that I feel are no longer current.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.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2014 19:22:20 GMT
shopper says:
I agree with you.
I recently bumped into another issue with the online resources at uk.sagepub.com: The first video clip "Beckett Filmed Lesson" shows a total length of 36:18 and accordings to the bar at the bottom it looks like it's loading the complete video. But when you play it, it always stops at 2:20, fades to black and shows the replay button, so it is impossible to watch the rest of the video. Was anyone able to watch the whole clip? The two other clips are not affected by this flaw.
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