Welcome to Reading Corner, a new addition to the NASBTT blog in which we will feature book reviews by NASBTT colleagues and trustees.

Review of Beginning Teachers’ Learning, Making experience count

A must-read for anyone involved in the design of ITT programmes!

I sincerely wish I had been given a copy of this book before embarking on my role as a SCITT manager. It concisely and clearly identifies many of the challenges faced by beginner teachers and their mentors and raises interesting insights and questions that will shape the thinking of anyone drawing together a programme of initial teacher training.  Teacher Educators will readily recognise the personalities described in the case studies in Chapter 1 and will find the questions posed at the end of each of these studies useful when considering the design of their programmes.

The book is particularly useful as it offers thought-pieces both on the curriculum for beginner teachers and for their mentors, sensitively recognising the difficult balance that these professionals often have to negotiate.

Beginning Teachers’ Learning will be offered as a companion text to our Level 4 Teacher Educator Programme and I would urge anyone designing or reviewing their programme to consider reading it.

Review by Emma Hollis, Executive Director, NASBTT

Book Details

Title: Beginning Teachers‘ Learning, Making experience count

Author : By Katharine Burn, Hazel Hagger and Trevor Mutton. Edited by Ian Menter

ISBN : 9781910391174

Edition No : 1

Publication : 27 Apr 2015

Available from https://www.criticalpublishing.com/beginning-teachers-learning


1 Comment

  1. Alison Fletcher on November 19, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I absolutely agree. I found it invaluable in my first year as Director of ITT. It really made me think carefully about the rewards and challenges of teacher education.

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