Life in Schools and Classrooms

Past, Present and Future

  • Rupert Maclean

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Historical, International and Policy Perspectives

  4. Looking in Classrooms: How Have the Ways of Studying Classrooms Changed?

  5. Looking in Classrooms: Have Classrooms Changed? Some Key Issues of Debate

  6. Looking in Classrooms: Teaching in and for Different Cultural Contexts

  7. Changing Teaching: School Leadership and Teachers’ Professional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Ronald Thorpe
      Pages 385-403
  8. Changing Teaching: School Based Professional Development: Sustaining Communities of Practice

  9. Understanding Students and Pupils: Psychological and Social Aspects of Pupils and Young Persons’ Development

  10. Understanding Students and Pupils: Assessing Student Learning

  11. Understanding Students and Pupils: Coping with Childrens’ Special Education Needs and Disabilities

  12. The Impact of Technology on Teachers and Students: New Technologies – New Relationships

About this book


This book discusses key aspects of life in schools and classrooms, and surveys the changes that have occurred over the years in educational  research, policy making and practice in these school and classroom settings. It not only examines cutting-edge research in these areas, but also showcases good practices in the field. Among the topics reviewed are recent developments in assessment, methods for collecting and analysing data on classroom practice, school leadership and the pros and cons of class size and small-class teaching; topics which are currently hotly debated in education systems around the globe.  As such, the book objectively examines the various debates, and surveys the full range of evidence available. Education researchers, policy makers and practitioners often hold differing views about the reasons for teacher and student behaviour in classrooms and, for example, its relevance to class size. Many of these views are based on ‘gut feelings’ rather than hard evidence. Unfortunately, these three groups, with differing perspectives,  often ‘talk past each other’ rather than engage in a productive, mutually beneficial dialogue. The book builds an effective bridge between researchers, policy makers and practitioners regarding the impact of these various aspects of classroom life, so that the viewpoints of each can be carefully considered and evaluated.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rupert Maclean
    • 1
  1. 1.College of the North Atlantic QatarDohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-3652-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-3654-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-5397
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9791
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