Reading List


Harvard Reference


Please note that most of these works can now be purchased in ‘Kindle’ electronic form.

Neil Fleming

Neil Fleming has been learning about teaching and also learning for forty years. His full time teaching was divided between secondary, teacher education and university (Lincoln University, New Zealand) with ample recognition of his teaching and research prowess in those three sectors. For the past twenty years he has been facilitating active workshops on a variety of topics in North America, Asia and Europe traveling there in spring and fall. He has been the main author of the VARK books available online on this website here:

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research and Columbia University.

maslow book

Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was “the great pioneer of the constructivist theory of knowing.”However, his ideas did not become widely popularized until the 1960s.This then led to the emergence of the study of development as a major sub-discipline in psychology.

Piaget book1

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford

Learning styles were developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford, based upon the work of Kolb, and they identified four distinct learning styles or preferences: Activist, Theorist; Pragmatist and Reflector.

manual of learning styles

David Kolb

David Kolb is an American educational theorist whose interests and publications focus on experiential learning, the individual and social change, career development, and executive and professional education. He is the founder and chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems, Inc. (EBLS), and a Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

kolb book1

Geoffrey Petty

Geoff Petty is one of Britain’s leading experts on teaching methods. Please visit Geoff’s website for a plethora of resources available for new teachers.

teaching today


A Complete Guide to the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Further Education)

This is an essential text for all those working towards the new Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Tailored to meet the demands of the new qualification and Standards, it incorporates key information on reflective practice, study and research skills, and provides full coverage of all the mandatory units. Accessible language is combined with a critical approach that clearly relates practical examples to the required underpinning theory, and a range of useful learning features include key definitions, extended case studies, critical questions and chapter reflections.


DET guide

This is an essential text for anyone taking the Certificate in Education and Training, no matter which awarding organisation you are registered with or who your learners are.

It’s readable, relevant, easy to understand and gives key advice on approaching and completing written and practical assessments. It helps all learners to understand the requirements of the qualification and to evidence their achievement towards the mandatory units. The book gives advice regarding study skills, academic writing and referencing, reflective practice, teaching practice and observations, and the minimum core.


CET book Ann

Previously known as Achieving Your PTLLS Award, this third edition of the popular book comprehensively covers the new requirements for the new Level 3 Award in Education and Training for anyone training to teach in the Further Education and Skills sector or broader workplace and adult learning settings.


AET book

Previously known as Achieving Your TAQA Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer Award, this new edition of the focused and comprehensive text  written for TAQA learners and all trainee assessors and quality assurers is another essential support text. The content covers all assessor and quality assurance units and is easy-to-read and clearly structured. The new edition has been enhanced with new chapters; and it has activities and examples to help you link theory with practice.



For assessors of QCF qualifications and NVQs, verifiers, school and FE college teachers, providers of training and work-based learning and those working towards PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS teaching qualifications, The Vocational Assessor Handbook contains a detailed guide to the following QCF units for assessment and internal quality assurance (verification)


assessors handbook