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Textbooks for Primary PGCE

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by little-red, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Heya,

    Just wondering how many of the textbooks that we are told to get are actually essential? Does anybody know? Im looking at buying something like 12 books (v expensive) and while i dont want to be going in unprepared, i know from my undergrad that textbooks were not neccessary. Any advice?
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I've found that there are several copies of all the core textbooks in the library, and in most cases it's as easy to use those as it is to have your own copy. There are a couple of textbooks that we've been told to read a chapter from every so often and it works out that we've had to read pretty much the whole book over the course of the year, so I've been glad of my own copy of those. Of course you don't have access to the library before you start your course, which means if you want to do lots of preparation reading you'll probably need to buy the books. Keep an eye on here, on eBay and on Amazon marketplace for cheap copies - my university told me which edition I should buy but actually it mostly doesn't matter (apart from the ones they said to read chapters of, as the content/chapter numbers sometimes differ between versions), and older editions come a lot cheaper.

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