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A really good book, but past its sell-by-date I think
, 31 July 2013
This review is from: Teaching History: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher (Paperback)
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 Ofsted inspection criteria has changed dramatically since Peter Duffy's lessons were originally made: I wondered what an inspector would make of the lesson shown in the film clips now.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the lessons that were excellent, but the goalposts have moved and I fear that Dr Duffy's brilliant lessons may now be out-of-date.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 However, there are chunks of it that I feel are no longer current.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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