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Developing the Expertise of Primary and Elementary Classroom Teachers

Tony Eaude's next book Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world is due to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. This considers in detail how the expertises described in his previous book 'How do expert primary classteachers really work?' are developed. A widget which includes the cover and some of the text can be seen on this link. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

Abstract: Developing the expertise of primary classteachers starts by summarising briefly the author’s previous work, emphasising that expertise is manifested in many different ways, specific to particular contexts and hard to describe. Teacher expertise involves a mixture of subject, craft, personal/interpersonal and case knowledge. Primary classteacher expertise requires a deep understanding of how young children learn and their common misconceptions, emphasising pedagogical content knowledge, a repertoire of pedagogies and a fluid, intuitive and reciprocal approach to planning, assessment and teaching. The many parallel strands of primary classteachers’ expertise are developed on a continuum over time, requiring regular, sustained professional learning, relating theory to practice, with the years soon after qualification especially significant. The constraints on manifesting expertise, those inherent in the primary classroom and from external expectations, must be recognised and overcome in order to build confidence and encourage informed intuition. The professional knowledge and judgement required in complex, fluid situations is learned mainly through guided practice and experience backed by theory and reflection. Primary classteachers’ attunement to children’s responses, commitment, sense of agency and professional, collective identity, understanding of their wider role, and ability to challenge their own assumptions help in developing expertise. A mixture of mechanisms, based on an ‘enriched apprenticeship’ model, including observation of other teachers, practice, mentoring, engagement with research, discussion and reflection is advocated. Key issues for different groups are highlighted, emphasising the value of supportive professional learning communities and that policy must enable rather than constrain teachers’ creativity and ability and willingness to innovate.


Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.



New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.



How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact tony@edperspectives.org.uk
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)



Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact tony@edperspectives.org.uk