Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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Walker, M. (2017). Insights into the Role of Research and Development in Teaching Schools. Slough, Berkshire (U. K.) : National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).




Evidence-informed practice is now regarded as instrumental to school reform efforts both in England and elsewhere (Greany, 2015). This is especially important given the focus on school self-improvement coupled with a drive for high-quality teaching within a devolved, and increasingly autonomous, education system. Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with strategic partners, such as universities and private sector organisations, to provide high-quality training and development to new and to experienced school staff. Research and development or "R&D" forms one of their six key areas of responsibility, often referred to as the "big six". This report seeks to explore the effectiveness with which teaching schools are delivering their R&D responsibilities. It provides new insights based on an analysis of a survey of 83 teaching schools and a comparison group of 80 outstanding schools. The report finds there is evidence to suggest that R&D is becoming increasingly embedded within the other areas of the big six, and particularly within school-led initial teacher training (ITT) and continuing professional development (CPD). Despite this, many teaching school alliances (TSAs) report that R&D is treated as an "add-on" and is considered less important compared to other concerns. The report also finds there are many challenges facing TSAs in delivering R&D including the long time it can take to show the impact of R&D and the fact there is still a need to build an expectation for teaching as an evidence-based profession. Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest that teaching school status does not necessarily enhance a teaching school's level of research activity, relative to other outstanding schools.




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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

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Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7