This textbook heads the Open University's flexible PGCE Perspectives on Practice series, which provides a practical illustration of skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach in the secondary classroom. As well as describing concepts and ideas, the book provides a critical examination of some of the key issues, and will encourage the reader to engage with the ideas and consider their views and beliefs. Thisbook accompanies each of the subject-specific books in the series, providing a valuable link between disciplines. The series complements our other OU series, Teaching in the Secondary School which addresses theoretical issues relating to teaching. Together these to series provide a complete resource for students.Bourdillon, Hilary is the author of 'Aspects of Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools Perspectives on Practice' with ISBN 9780415260800 and ISBN 0415260809.