Reading List

Want to know what to read to help engage with the current debates in education? Here’s a list of useful books and papers, which we have copies of in the ‘CPDL library’, so please come and take one out. The library is being updated all the time, (and the summaries of each are not completed yet), so let us know if you have any requests or ideas of what to add. We also have a number of books on education research for those of you taking part in (or considering taking part in) classroom-based research.

Christodoulou, Daisy (2014). Seven Myths About Education. In this ‘controversial’ book, Christodoulou critically examines the current educational orthodoxy by exploring, and busting, seven widely-held beliefs. These include: facts prevent understanding; teacher-led instruction is passive; the twenty-first century fundamentally changes everything; you can always just look it up; we should teach transferable skills; projects and activities are the best way to learn; teaching knowledge is indoctrination.

Didiau, D. (2014). The Secret of Literacy.

Didiau, D. (2015). What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong? 

Hattie, J. & Yates, G. (2014). Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn.

Hirsch, E. D. (1987). Cultural Literacy. Hirsch’s work has had a huge influence on the changes made by the current government to education policy, particularly the 2014 national curriculum. In this work Hirsch explains why ‘cultural literacy’ (‘background world knowledge’) is so important to pupils’ ability to make sense of what they read. Thus, developing long-term memory is important to pupils’ (and our) understanding of texts.

O’Leary, M. (2104). Classroom Observation.

Peal, R. (2014). Progressively Worse: The burden of bad ideas in British schools.

Ripley, A. (2013). The smartest kids in the world and how they got that way. 

Robinson, M. (2013). Trivium 21c. 

Young, M. (2008). Bringing Knowledge Back In.