"Macmillan Teaching Handbooks" are written for student teachers and practising teachers in primary schools in Africa. The series is designed to meet the preservice needs of primary teachers in both lower and upper primary, tackling important issues in depth in an attractive, easy-to-use format. The authors make no assumptions, avoid jargon and use clear, simple language. The books provide practical suggestions for how to teach and improve teaching methods. They keep in mind the problems and challenges teachers face in the classroom. There is a general handbook for primary teachers, "Primary Teaching Methods", and books covering the main subjects: English, Science, Mathematics, and Social and Environmental Studies along with some tackling areas of special difficulty: Teaching Reading and Teaching About HIV and AIDS. "Environmental and Social Studies" is a relative newcomer to the school curriculum and presents particular challenges to the primary teacher. This book covers everything that the aspiring and busy teacher needs to know about the skills and methods used to teach the subject effectively.
Newly qualified teachers will find the book an invaluable resource, whilst student teachers in training or unqualified teachers can use it to help them to develop and improve their practical teaching skills, either working on their own or with colleagues.
Liz Paren began her involvement with African schools by teaching history in secondary schools in West Africa. Her subsequent work in educational publishing took her to East, West and Southern Africa, where she visited schools and talked regularly to teachers. She has written and edited Social Studies textbooks fro pupils and teachers at both primary and secondary level, and has led writing workshops for teachers in Eritrea and Uganda. One of her particular interests is the development of lively and stimulating activity ideas for primary classrooms that have few resources.