School encourages professional development through research

02/25/2013 | Guardian (London), The

Engaging in education research is a "superb" form of professional development for teachers, writes Tom Sherrington, a headteacher at a school in England. In this blog post, Sherrington describes how teachers at his school meet throughout the year to conduct research projects -- on topics such as the effect of reading aloud in class -- and share results with the full faculty at year's end. "We've found teachers are highly motivated by the process; it is voluntary, self-directed and unpaid, yet they engage with it because of the rewards that this level of rigour brings," Sherrington writes.

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