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ERIC Number: ED573387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: 978-1-896660-57-8
Teaching the Way We Aspire to Teach: Now and in the Future. Teachers' Vision for Teaching and Learning in Canada's Public Schools
Freiler, Christa; Hurley, Stephen; Canuel, Ron; McGahey, Bob; Froese-Germain, Bernie; Riel, Rick
Canadian Education Association
"Teaching the Way We Aspire to Teach--Now and in the Future" is a collaborative research project between the Canadian Education Association (CEA) and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF). The project grew out of a shared interest in exploring with teachers their experiences and visions of teaching the way in which they aspire--that is, teaching in a way that resonates with their beliefs about teaching and learning. Questions guiding this study include: (1) Do teachers experience a difference between teaching the way in which they aspire and the way they are required to teach? If so, why?; (2) What do teachers see as the elements or conditions that contribute to them being able to teach the way they aspire to teach?; and (3) What are the implications for creating learning environments where those conditions are present on a consistent and systemic basis? In concert with provincial/territorial teachers' organizations, CEA held 12 focus groups with teachers across Canada in order to understand what aspirational teaching would look like and the changes needed to make it a reality. About 200 teachers participated in the focus groups that were held from June to December 2011. The focus groups were based on an Appreciative Inquiry model of facilitation to ensure that the dialogue was grounded in stories of success and to frame the conversation around change in a positive and hopeful way. To complement the focus group process and to reach a broader audience, the CTF distributed an online survey that was completed by over 4,700 teachers in May 2012. The development of the survey questions was informed by the preliminary findings of the focus groups. This report presents and discusses the findings from both the focus groups and the survey, including quotes from teachers themselves. The report begins with the survey results to provide a "big picture" perspective on teachers' aspirations and related questions. The discussion of the themes emerging from the focus groups follows, offering greater detail and depth regarding what teachers see as aspirational teaching. The report concludes with a summary of the major findings and implications for future research work.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Education Association; Canadian Teachers' Federation
Identifiers - Location: Canada