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ERIC Number: ED546803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: 978-1-909437-52-4
Inspiring Teachers: Perspectives and Practices. Summary Report
Sammons, Pam; Kington, Alison; Lindorff-Vijayendran, Ariel; Ortega, Lorena
CfBT Education Trust
This study investigates the notion of "inspiring" teaching. The research was commissioned by CfBT as part of a collaborative professional development initiative involving its schools. It arose from headteachers' suggestions that schools nominate a number of "inspiring" teachers so that their practice could be studied and the results shared across the participating schools to promote the professional development of staff, and spread good practice through encouraging greater collaboration and learning across the CfBT family of schools. The main aim of the research was to provide robust new evidence about both inspiring teachers and inspiring teaching from different perspectives to increase understanding of these widely used but elusive and often poorly defined concepts. The findings reported in this document provide new evidence and insights about what inspiring teachers do (through observations), what they think (through interviews), and how their students think about their teachers and lessons (through questionnaires). The research had two complementary components--an investigation led by practitioners and another led by a team of academics from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. Each study adopted different methods and a different approach to investigating what it is to be an inspiring teacher. This report presents a description of inspiring teachers that draws on the findings from both of these studies. A complementary fuller report, based predominantly on the academic study, is also available. This report is a shorter account of the findings from both studies. [The University of Worcester contributed to this research project. For the full report: "Inspiring Teachers: Perspectives and Practices," see ED546804.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: CfBT Education Trust (United Kingdom); University of Oxford (England), Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)