N.B. TLRP generic project work ended in September 2009. The below information is for reference only.
TLRP/Routledge Improving Practice series (A4) Books
In addition to our agreement to publish the TLRP Improving Learning
series books, which is a particular element of the Programme's overall
output strategy, there will be an opportunity for project teams
to discuss with Routledge the possibility of publishing books in
the Improving Practice series.
These books will be the most practical form of publishing output
and will focus on practical ideas and activities for practitioners
and students to use with learners in the classroom or other learning
A framework of presentational principles is proposed for these books,
below, which is intended to ensure a level of cohesion across the
books and provide a trustworthy and recognisable house style to
the whole collection.
The covers of the books would reflect the main design elements of
the Improving Learning series, so lending cohesion to the projects
published in partnership between the TLRP and Routledge. Please click on the link below to see three examples of cover design for the series.
Length of each book
A maximum of no more than 35,000 words and no less than 28,000 words
has been agreed with Routledge. This would give us around 100 pages.
Primary reader audience for the series
Practitioners, teachers and students.
These books should contain practical information for practitioners,
teachers and students to use with learners. It is critical that
these books are written in the most accessible way and that only
minor reference (apart from a standard section providing guidance
on further sources of information) should be made to the research
projects or other published literature, as this will have been covered
in other publications. What we are looking for here is the 'condensing'
of practical information from the projects into useable and valuable
ideas for best practice.
Structure, signposts, sentence length, 'voice', would all
need to be considered. It would be appropriate to address the reader
directly as 'you' throughout.
Structure for each volume
The structure for these books is more flexible than the Improving
Learning series and should be developed in consultation with
the appropriate Editor at Routledge. It is likely that the books
will offer a recognisable shell, within which there would be a lot
of flexibility. There will be a standard section to guide readers
to further reading and project information.
We would establish an attractive, accessible layout that would be
used for all TLRP Improving Practice books. Graphic and
textual design features will be used to establish continuity. Text
elements should include the following:
- Case studies
- Examples of learner's work
- Photocopiable templates
- Questions for reflection
- Chapter introductions and summaries
It is possible that additional material to enable schools to support
or adopt a particular way of working could be set up as a series
of powerpoint screens and placed on a linked TLRP website.
Project teams should start working on the outline of these books
before the teams disperse.
Routledge would like to
receive proposals for these books in the same format at the Improving
Learning series - a completed questionnaire together with further
supporting information. This document is available on the TLRP website.
We would like to group publication of these books to maximise promotional
work, and the Directors' Team will try to coordinate this though