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Making Sense in Education

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, Second Edition

Margot Northey, Kristen Ferguson and Jon G. Bradley

A part of the best-selling Making Sense series, Making Sense in Education is an indispensable guide for students preparing to become teachers. This revised edition includes more education-specific examples throughout, a new appendix with online resources for educators, and an expanded glossary to help students throughout their academic and teaching careers.

Readership : Undergraduate students at all levels of study in education and pre-service teacher training.


  • "This book covers a very wide range of topics that education students encounter, not just as students, but also into their career [...] The book is well-organized, and easy to navigate. There is a good balance between scope and degree of detail, making this a useful resource for students."
    --Wendy Bokhorst-Heng, Crandall University

  • "The clear and straightforward manner of this text allows it to be accessible for students in my class who arrive with an array of writing abilities and knowledge about writing. [...] The briefness of the content makes it short, sweet, and to the point."
    --Allison Dow, Brock University

  • "The breadth and depth of this book are perfect for introductory courses in education."
    --Allan MacKinnon, Simon Fraser University

A Note to the Student
A Note to the Instructor
1. Writing in Education
2. Writing an Essay
3. Writing a Professional Summary, Critique and Review, and Literature Review
4. Writing a Formal Letter, Newsletter, E-mail, and Other Reports and Memos
5. Using Tables and Figures
6. Documenting Sources
7. Writing with Style
8. Grammar and Common Errors in Usage
9. Punctuation and Style Treatments
10. Misused Words and Phrases
11. Giving an Oral Presentation
12. Active Listening, Group Work, and Co-operative Learning
13. Writing a Curriculum Vitae, Resumé, and Cover Letter
14. Creating an Education Portfolio and Reflective Writing
15. Curriculum Planning and Reporting of Student Work
Appendix: Online Resources for Educators NEW

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter
- Chapter overview
- Learning objectives
- Key concepts
- Discussion questions
- Small-group activities
- Extension activities
E-Book ISBN 9780199029969

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University. With the original Making Sense volume now in its eighth edition and seven specialized adaptations currently published, Northey's series of Making Sense texts has experienced tremendous success in the Canadian undergraduate market.

Kristen Ferguson is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. She has published numerous journal articles in the Journal of Teaching and Learning, Canadian Journal of Education, and Reading Horizons, among others. She is the co-adaptor of OUP Canada's Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Children's Literature, 1Ce (2017).

Jon G. Bradley is a retired associate professor in the Faculty of Education at McGill University and past co-ordinator for the McGill Centre for the Study and Teaching of Writing. He has previously co-authored a non-education specific writing textbook, Writing for Ourselves/Writing for Others (Nelson, 1992).

The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
Practical Grammar - Maxine Ruvinsky
Student's Oxford Canadian Dictionary - Edited by Katherine Barber
Literacy - Jacqueline Lynch and Kristen Ferguson
Questioning the Classroom - Dianne Gereluk, Christopher Martin, Trevor Norris and Bruce Maxwell
Educational Psychology - Alan Edmunds and Gail Edmunds
Educational Foundations in Canada - Alan Edmunds, Jodi Nickel and Ken Badley
Special Education in Canada - Alan Edmunds and The late Gail Edmunds
Teaching Grammar and Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century - Marion Terry
Teaching Instrumental Music in Canadian Schools - Edwin B. Wasiak
Reading Canada - Wendy Donawa and Leah Fowler

Special Features

  • An essential how-to guide specifically designed for education students and teacher candidates that offers comprehensive coverage of oral presentations, group work, co-operative learning, creating an education portfolio, curriculum planning, reporting student work, and more.
  • A concise overview of research and writing that students can use as a resource for their entire academic and teaching career.
  • Helpful learning tools, including pre- and post-writing checklists help students focus on the keys to effective writing as they work through assignments.
  • Up-to-date coverage of APA documentation provides the most current guidelines for education students to follow.
New to this Edition
  • NEW Appendix of Online Resources for Educators provides further instruction, examples, and discussions of writing and listening topics specific to the education discipline.
  • NEW and expanded coverage of key topics, including unit and lesson planning, active listening with children and parents, electronic job applications, and creating newsletters and e-portfolios.
  • Revised examples throughout the text provide education-specific samples and scenarios to better reflect the discipline.
  • Expanded coverage of thesis statements now includes a thesis checklist and covers multiple types of thesis statements, including argumentative vs. expository. (Ch. 2)
  • Reorganization of chapters based on reviewer feedback allows for more discipline-specific content.