What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research
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Author(s):
Professor Robert Coe, Cesare Aloisi, Professor Steve Higgins and Dr Lee Elliot Major

Described as a starter kit for thinking about effective teaching, this review questions what makes ’great teaching’; what kinds of frameworks or tools could help professionals to capture it; and how could this promote better learning?

Defining effective teaching as that which leads to improved pupil achievement using outcomes that matter to their future success, the report identifies six key factors that contribute to good teaching. The two with the strongest evidence in improving student outcomes are: content knowledge, how students think about content; and quality of instruction, including effective questioning and use of assessment.

Other factors include classroom climate, the quality of interactions, and teacher expectations; classroom management, efficient use of lesson time, coordinating resources and spaces, and managing behaviour; teacher beliefs, why practices are adopted and what they aim to achieve; and professional behaviours, reflecting on practice, supporting colleagues and communicating with parents. 

 






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Author(s):
Professor Robert Coe, Cesare Aloisi, Professor Steve Higgins and Dr Lee Elliot Major

Published by:
Sutton Trust and Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring

Date of publication:
October 2014

Country of origin:
UK

CPD opportunities:

This introduction into what high quality teaching looks like will be useful to new teachers and more experienced professionals looking for new tools to support their delivery of better teaching and learning. 


Methodology:

A review of existing literature and research.



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Record ID:
R217 / 175
Rating Summary:


8 based on one vote

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Useful, reassuring and free! 
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On 23 May 2016, Peter Beare wrote:
This contains lots of the things I like in a research paper as a busy teacher: it is relatively short and easy to read, it backs up some key things I already know so reassures me as well as gives me some pointers for my development, it also contains some relatively practical applications for the real teaching world. To top it all off, it is nice that it is also freely available which makes it more accessible and easy to share with colleagues.
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