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Further and Higher Education in the UK has expanded greatly in recent years, bringing into education large numbers of young people who present teachers with new challenges. At the same time, there is an immense pressure to improve the quality of learning and teaching and to encourage students to be active participants in the process. This text is aimed at teachers, aspiring teachers and other professionals in upper secondary schools, further education colleges and universities who wish to increase learner motivation and to create opportunities for greater learner autonomy. It will: relate learning theory to practice; provide practical help for teachers to understand how they tend to interact with students; and suggest how they may build a repertoire of teaching styles that foster sharing of responsibility with learners for more effective learning.
Joe Harkin is Reader in Education at Oxford Brookes University, and was lead consultant nationally in the development of key skills in communication. Gill Turner is currently working at Oxford Brookes University with Joe Harkin on the communication Styles of Teachers project and completing her Phd. Trevor Dawn is a lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University and trains teachers who work in Further and Adult Education in Active Learning Strategies.