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Quality Teaching is not just another book about teaching or a text book on educational psychology which parades the thoughts of gurus currently in fashion. It is an exposition and exemplification of a new paradigm that unites research and theory with the practice of teachers in the classroom. It breaks out of the closed circle in which teachers and researchers look at the way 'good teachers' operate in the hope of improving teaching and shows how a new theoretical perspective can enable all teachers to see how teaching might be and how every one of them can help in its improvement. Stones bases his work on the analysis of fundamental principles of human learning and of ways in which teachers may incorporate them in their day to day work. Quality Teaching is, however, more than just speculation and suggestions. It is based on decades of empirical work with experienced teachers and in initial training. Many of these teachers appear in its pages as they report their work in teaching their pupils to solve novel problems in a wide variety of situations and at all ages and stages. Quality Teaching provides a key to a new way of teaching.
It is an approach that is open to testing and it has been tested in the work of hundreds of teachers and teacher educators. It has not, so far, failed to work. It offers all teachers the opportunity of developing a body of pedagogical expertise that will not only greatly enhance pupil's learning but also the status of teaching as a profession.