The educational community is numerous and as active as it is decisive . On the work of teachers, psychopedagogues and other specialists depends whether or not the possibility exists that a generation of young or not so young people can become well-informed people with the ability to think critically.
This selection of books on pedagogy can be useful to face the challenges of education and the changes that have taken place in this field in the best possible way.
The Best Books for Educators
Here you can see a series of works specially indicated for professionals in the field of education.
1. How to teach better (M. Ponce)
From a constructivist perspective, in this book proposals are made on ways to facilitate the emergence of autonomous learning dynamics by students: to reinforce students’ strengths, to know how to recognize adequately the feedback of teaching measures, etc.
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2. Mobile Digital Devices in Education (E. Vázquez-Cano and M. Luisa Sevillano)
The emergence of mobile digital devices has reached the world of education with force , and this book explores both its risks and its associated opportunities. One of the most recommended books on pedagogy to keep up with these issues.
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3. Pedagogy of autonomy (P. Freire)
Paulo Freire was one of the most influential educators in history , and in this book he expresses a good part of the principles that structured his work. Especially important is the way in which Freire defines good education, understood not as a transmission of knowledge that must be memorized but as an aid for students to develop areas of interest and the capacity to educate themselves on their own.
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4. Psychology and Pedagogy (J. Piaget)
One of the great classics of Educational Psychology by the father of Evolutionary Psychology . A small gem that, despite not being up to date on the advances in this subject (it was published in 1970), lays the theoretical foundations and points to the main problems that educational systems have been facing at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 20th.
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5. The high capacities in the inclusive school (M. Sánchez Dauder)
This book explains, in the form of a story, different proposals for making the educational needs of students with high abilities and those of the rest of the students fit together without breaking the harmony in the classroom.
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6. Educating with co-reason (J. M. Toro Ales)
A book whose main function is to inspire . Its pages talk about what education is, what it could be, and the way teachers and students inhabit the classroom. One of the most literary books on education.
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7. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (P. Freire)
Another of the great classics of this Brazilian educator. In “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, Freire proposes a critical pedagogy that allows to make easier the social change towards a more egalitarian society , enhancing the critical thinking of the students and giving them the tools to fight the manipulation confused as acculturation.
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8. Educate Today (P. Bronson and A. Merryman)
A book based on surprising discoveries about how young people think and act . Its pages talk about important issues such as aggressiveness in children, when and why they start lying, fights between siblings, etc. It can be useful both for parents and education professionals.
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9. Be a Teacher (S. Naughty and Lieutenant)
This is not a theoretical book on how to reach the world of education, but a small and simple emergency manual for those who have started to teach in a classroom . The subtitle of the book says everything: “what I would have liked to have been told when I started teaching”.
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10. Creating Tomorrow’s School Today (R. Gerver)
Theoretical and practical proposals and foundations on the change of paradigm in education . One of the books for teachers aimed at developing teaching models based on innovation.
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11. rEDUvolution (M. Acaso)
María acaso, the author of this book, is a professor of Art Education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid , and in this work she shows several of the challenges that teachers must face if they want to transform education into a tool for personal and social change.
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12. La pedagogía contra Frankenstein (M. A. Santos Guerra)
A selection of texts about the need to understand the contents taught in class in a global way , as a system that, as a whole, provides a basis for students to train in all areas.
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13. Cooperative learning in the classroom (J. C. Torrego and A. Negro)
Cooperative learning is one of the great untapped potentials of education systems , often totally centred on an individualistic and competitive study environment. This book gathers information drawn from the theorisation and implementation of cooperative learning programmes over the last few years.
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14. The Joy of Educating (J. M. Marrasé)
Keys and strategies to transform the classroom in which teaching can flow through creativity and, why not, also fun. One of those books for teachers in which the focus is not only on the need to transmit knowledge, but also on doing this in such a way that those lessons mean something to the students.
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15. Resources for Educating Emotions (R. González and L. Villanueva)
This book raises the main questions about emotions that should be addressed from education and proposes methods to recognize them effectively and help others to know how to manage them in the classroom.
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16. The Well-trained mind: a guide to classical education at home (Susan Wise Bauer)
A guide full of guidelines to follow in order to educate children at home, give them the personalized treatment they need and learn how to respond to their needs.
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17. Teaching community: a pedagogy of hope (Bell Hooks)
How can we combine education and freedom to choose which paths of knowledge to follow and which not to take or leave for later? Here we talk about which educational strategies work and which do not, how to avoid discrimination in the classroom how to motivate students … All of this, from the personal and experienced point of view of the author.
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18. Pedagogy and Politics of Hope (Henry A. Giroux)
This excellent book explores the power relationships that are established in the classroom and how the conflicts that can occur there are resolved and, on the other hand, how they should be resolved. Schools are microcosms in which forms of oppression, racism, etc. can be reproduced. Knowing how to understand this fact and act accordingly is necessary.
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19. Education in the 21st Century (L. Bartolomé and others)
An interesting proposal to learn about the challenges and possibilities that are appearing in education during the last years.
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Educational Equality and Cultural Difference (Henry A. Giroux)
How can equality be promoted and fair treatment offered to a group of pupils with different cultural backgrounds? In the face of this apparent paradox, Henry A. Giroux offers one of his sharpest pedagogical books.
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