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ERIC Number: EJ819733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Effective Teaching: An Elusive Concept
Hayes, Denis
Teacher Development, v10 n1 p43-54 Mar 2006
Every teacher wants to do the job well, but opinions vary over the qualities and competence required to be successful. In this article, the author explores the nature of the teaching profession and current government priorities in quantifying effectiveness in teaching. He argues that the use of evidence to support teachers' claims about effectiveness and the volume of documentation issued by the United Kingdom Government in pursuit of test and examination success fail to take sufficient account of the other aspects of the teacher role. In particular, the social and moral impact that a teacher exerts on pupils is a vitally important factor in educating them to be responsible and caring people. Although teachers need to develop teaching skills and strategies to enhance pupil learning, effectiveness depends in part on school context, experience, teachers' emotional disposition and motivation. The concept of linear development of teachers against specific criteria appears to be an illusion promoted by governments to maintain tight control over education. If effectiveness in teaching is an aspiration for every practitioner, the author stresses the importance of understanding the impact of factors such as life experience, personal qualities, the school situation and the sort of pupils being taught in the process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom