Publications and Reports
What Difference do Standards Make to Educating Teachers?
This OECD Working Paper seeks to answer the following questions: What does aligning teacher education programmes to standards really mean?; To what extent is this achieved and what are the obstacles? The paper reviews evidence on the interplay between professional standards for teachers, the content of teacher education and educational sciences. It illustrates these interactions through three case studies from Estonia, Australia and Singapore.
Harnessing Spatial Thinking to Support STEM Learning
This report reviews research showing that (a) spatial thinking and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning are related, and (b) spatial thinking is malleable. It evaluated two strategies for exploiting these findings in education.
Prof. Dr. Johannes König, University of Cologne, Germany
The report provides a review of the empirical research on assessing teachers’ general pedagogical knowledge with the purpose to inform the design of an international assessment instrument.
Teacher Motivation Research and its Implications for the Instructional Process
An overview of current research on teacher motivation, major theoretical frameworks guiding this research, available assessments of teacher motivation, and implications for the instructional process.
The Neuroscience of Mathematical Cognition and Learning
An insight into the neuroscience research underpinning maths learning and cognition - with the aim of better equipping educators and policy makers with the scientific knowledge underlying maths acquisition, as well as hindrances to learning such as maths anxiety or dyscalculia.