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The imperative about improving student outcomes is also about improving the quality of the teaching workforce. In recent years, however, recruiting and retaining quality teachers has become a challenge among some OECD countries. In addition to the ageing of the teaching workforce, some countries experience high rates of attrition among new teachers and a shortage of quality teachers in high-demand subject areas and disadvantaged schools. There is also concern about attracting high-achieving and motivated candidates into teacher education programmes.
Issues such as these have an impact on the quality of the resulting teaching workforce that is tasked with improving student outcomes. As research shows, teacher quality is an important factor in determining gains in student achievement, even after accounting for prior student learning and family background characteristics.
Teaching is a knowledge-rich profession and teachers possess highly-specialised knowledge. As professionals, teachers are expected to process and evaluate new knowledge relevant for their core professional practice and to regularly update their profession’s knowledge base. The Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) project is investigating the issue of teacher quality by studying the pedagogical knowledge base of teachers and how new knowledge is incorporated into the teaching profession.
Sonia Guerriero - Project Lead
Leonora Lynch-Stein - Assistant
Nora Revai - Consultant
Our research aims to answer the following questions:
To address these questions, the ITEL project is developing a survey for implementation in 2015-2016 to profile the knowledge base of teachers and the knowledge dynamics in the teaching profession. Outcomes of the survey will examine implications for the instructional process and help countries derive evidence-based suggestions for educational policy.
For more information, download the Teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge and the Teaching Profession Brochure
|Issues paper and literature review (upcoming)
Assessing teachers’ general pedagogical knowledge – Technical report (upcoming)
|Symposium on "Teachers as Learning Specialists - Implications for Teachers' Pedagogical Knowledge and Professionalism"
Brussels, 18 June 2014
This symposium, co-hosted by CERI and the Department of Education and Training of the Flemish Ministry, brought together leading researchers in the field of pedagogical knowledge to discuss how teacher knowledge can be conceptualised and measured and what elements might influence this knowledge. The themes also included the potential of integrating new findings from the neurosciences in teachers’ knowledge base and what impact the increasing demand on teaching 21st century skills might have on teacher knowledge.
International Convention on the "Science of Learning: How Can it Make a Difference? Connecting Interdisciplinary Research on Learning to Practice and Policy in Education"
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