This textbook brings together findings from global research on teaching and learning, with an emphasis on secondary and higher
education. The book is unique in that the content is selected in an original way and its presentation reflects the most recent
research evidence related to understanding. The book covers and presents themes that are based tightly on worldwide research
evidence, scrupulously avoiding opinion or any dependence on the personal experience of the authors. The book starts by reflecting
on educational research itself. The four chapters that follow relate the story of the research that shows how all humans learn
and the variations within that framework. These chapters offer a tight framework that underpins much of the rest of the text.
The next four chapters look at the way school curricula are organised and how the performance of learners can be assessed.
They summarise the research evidence related to thinking skills and consider the importance of practical teaching. This is
followed by two chapters that draw from the extensive social psychology research on attitude development as it applies in
education, and then by two chapters that summarise the research related to major issues of controversy: the performativity
agenda and the issue of quality. One chapter looks at the place of statistics in education. The next two chapters look at
the evidence that can support or undermine many typical education beliefs, or myths and mirages. Finally, the last chapter
brings it all together and looks into the future, pointing to some areas where future research is likely to be helpful, based
on current knowledge.