Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovations

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Fortunately, teaching practices help shape the learning experiences and increase motivation and achievement for students. In addition, it has been revealed that when teachers collaborate well together they also tend to work better with students. This new informative publication clearly identifies and arranges profiles in relation to two connected areas of professional teacher practices: classroom teaching practices and participation in professional learning communities.

This practical book enables a more comprehensive understanding of teaching practice and participation in professional learning communities nationally and internationally. It provides policy makers and other key stakeholders with the relevant information they need for educational system monitoring.



Teachers' Professional Practices

This chapter reviews Western educational theory from the 20th century, and concludes that teaching practices can be developed through professional development and appraisal from colleagues. Central features of professional learning communities are co-operation, shared vision, a focus on learning, reflective inquiry and de-privatisation of practice. A small school size, high autonomy, a school management that feels responsible for improving instruction, and a constructive feedback culture also help develop a professional learning community. Chapter 2 notes variations within the West and contrasts, for example, Asian countries where Confucian thought has long promoted collective thinking and action.


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