Classroom Teaching Skills: The Research Findings of the Teacher Education Project

Classroom Teaching Skills: The Research Findings of the Teacher Education Project

Classroom Teaching Skills: The Research Findings of the Teacher Education Project

Classroom Teaching Skills: The Research Findings of the Teacher Education Project

Synopsis

Reports on the research findings of the Teacher Education Project, analysing classroom case studies which looked at students as good and bad class managers, at students' very first encounters with classes and at their handling of classes.

Excerpt

This book describes some of the research undertaken during the Teacher Education Project, a 41/2-year research and development project funded by the Department of Education and Science, during which we observed over 1,000 lessons, interviewed more than 200 experienced and novice teachers, and developed sets of teacher training materials which were piloted and then published.

During the project we concentrated in particular on the development of teachers’ professional competence, especially class management and control, the teaching of mixed-ability groups and the skills of explaining and questioning. Since the project was concerned both with research and development, the time and energy of the tutors and teachers involved was divided between both kinds of activity. The workbooks and other training materials produced during the project are listed in Appendix A.

The chapters in this book describe some of the empirical work undertaken in what became one of the largest studies of teaching skill based on the direct observation of secondary school lessons, ever undertaken in Britain. Even so, we were only able to scratch the surface of the vast and complex matter of studying and nurturing skilful teaching.

Professor E. C. Wragg

School of Education

Exeter University . . .

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