Teaching practices that make a difference: Insights from research
12–13 August, International Convention Centre, Sydney
Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore
University of Newcastle
Making a difference through Quality Teaching Rounds: Evidence from a sustained program of research
Through rigorous forms of research, including a randomised controlled trial, Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) has been shown to make a positive difference to the quality of teaching, teacher morale and school culture.
This presentation will draw on both quantitative and qualitative evidence to demonstrate the impact of QTR, outlining its effects across a range of NSW primary and secondary schools and for teachers at very different stages of their careers.
The essential components of QTR will be elaborated with analysis of the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the effectiveness of this form of professional development in improving teaching practice. As a relatively low-cost, short-term intervention with applicability across all subjects, stages of learning and schooling sectors, the multi-faceted evidence provided has significant implications for teacher development policy and practice. Importantly, the approach is founded in respect for the capacities of the teaching workforce in Australia, which is in stark contrast to some initiatives, here and around the world, that emphasise accountability at the expense of teacher growth and well-being.
About Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore
Jennifer Gore is a Laureate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle where she is Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre and editor of the international journal, Teaching and Teacher Education. Her educational and research interests have consistently centred on quality and equity, including studies of teacher socialisation, power relations in teaching, reform of teaching and teacher education, teacher development, and student aspirations. Jenny's sustained program of research on Quality Teaching – a pedagogical model – and Quality Teaching Rounds – an innovative approach to teacher professional development – has had significant impact in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Australia, especially in NSW and the ACT. Jenny is widely published and cited (more than 9000 citations), has been awarded substantial research funding (more than $7 million), and plays a significant role in research training and capacity building (having supervised more than 20 PhD students).
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