EFFECTIVE METHODS OF TEACHINGINTRODUCTIONTeachers’ beliefs, practices and attitudes
Teachers’ beliefs, practices and attitudes are important forunderstanding and improving educational processes. They are closelylinked to teachers’ strategies for coping with challenges in their dailyprofessional life and to their general well-being, and they shapestudents’ learning environment and influence student motivation andachievement.Furthermore they can be expected to mediate the effects of job-relatedpolicies – such as changes in curricula for teachers’ initial education orprofessional development – on student learning. While examining avariety of beliefs, practices and attitudes in previous research, thesehave been shown to be relevant to the improvement and effectivenessof schools.
Effective teaching as a result of professional development
Professional development is generally associated with more (reported)use of specific instructional practices. This means that teachers whoengage in professional learning tend to use specified practices moreoften.
of professional development a teacher participates in ismore important than the amount of time invested. The net effects of days of professional development are small and only significant in afew countries, whereas indicators of participation in networks andmentoring (and in some countries also in workshops and/ or courses)
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