What's worth reading?
Wednesday 20 June 2018
What do teachers read to keep themselves up-to-date with teaching and learning strategies?
One of my roles is to support school governing boards appoint headteachers and principals. One of my standard questions is ‘what are you reading about education at the moment?’ Surprisingly this appears to be one of the more tricky questions for them to answer. It appears to me that educators, unlike doctors, do not automatically keep themselves up-to-date with the latest educational research. There may be many reasons for this, not least the busyness of their day jobs. My observations are supported by academic researchers such as Professor Robert Coe, who wrote “most teachers would never choose to read a book on education and almost none could say they have read more than one such book a year during the time they have been practicing.”
Professor Coe goes on to provide his list of sources of educational research for teachers: things he considers worth reading. It is a really useful starting place. “Most are written for a teacher audience, ie not too technical, jargon-filled or unnecessarily complex. They may be more likely to challenge, provoke and inform than immediately inspire: more balanced meal than fast food. But hopefully something nutritious to chew on, digest and enjoy.”
If you wish to see his full list click HERE. Here is my selection from his list for you to consider.
Online and free
Effective Teaching and Learning
- ‘What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research’, Coe, R., Aloisi, C., Higgins, S. and Elliot Major, L. (2014) Sutton Trust, October 2014. Click HERE.
- Principles of Instruction: Research based principles that all teachers should know. Rosenshine, B. (2012) American Educator, (Spring 2012). Click HERE.
- Principles of Instruction. International Academy of Education, Rosenshine, B. (2010) UNESCO. Geneva: International Bureau of Education. Click HERE.
- What Works in Classroom Instruction. Marzano, R. J., Gaddy, B. B., & Dean, C. (2000). Click HERE.
The Sutton Trust-Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. London: Education Endowment Foundation. Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Kokotsaki, D., Coleman, R., Major, L.E., & Coe, R. (2013). Click HERE.
How learning happens
Before you access the following resources you may like to read Tom Sherrington's superb blog on Evidence informed ideas every teacher should know about, in which he provides a succinct summary of key principles on how learning happens. It really is excellent. Click HERE to access it.
- Deans for Impact. The Science of Learning.(2015) Austin, TX: Deans for Impact. Click HERE.
- Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning. Dunlosky, J. (2013). American Educator, 37(3), 12-21. Click HERE.
- Top 20 principles from psychology for preK–12 teaching and learning. American Psychological Association, Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. (2015). Click HERE.
- Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning. IES Practice Guide. Pashler, H., Bain, P. M., Bottge, B. A., Graesser, A., Koedinger, K., McDaniel, M., & Metcalfe, J. (2007). NCER 2007-2004. National Center for Education Research. Click HERE.
Teachers’ professional development and learning
- Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into efective professional development. Cordingley, P., Higgins, S., Greany, T., Buckler, N., Coles-Jordan, D., Crisp, B., Saunders, L., Coe, R. (2015), Teacher Development Trust. Click HERE.
- Teacher professional learning and development: Best evidence synthesis iteration. Timperley, H., Wilson, A., Barrar, H. & Fung, I. (2007) , Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education. Click HERE.
School improvement and leadership
- School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why. Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES). Robinson, V., Hohepa, M., and Lloyd, C. (2009) New Zealand Ministry of Education. Click HERE.
- What is Effective Schooling? A review of current thought and practice. Scheerens, J. (2013), International Baccalaureate Organization. Click HERE.