Learning Together: Improving Teaching, Improving Learning-The Roles of Continuing Professional Development, Collegiality and Chartered Teachers in Implementing Curriculum for ExcellenceReport as inadecuate




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"Curriculum for Excellence" sets a rightly-ambitious agenda for reform in Scottish education. The Teachers' Agreement established conditions and processes which are intended to enhance individual teachers' professional skills, knowledge and attributes, and provide a context for them to be able to perform to the highest level. The benefits of the Teachers' Agreement have yet to be fully realised. Successful implementation of "Curriculum for Excellence" relies on this. Scotland has reached a transition point in both "Curriculum for Excellence" and the implementation of the Teachers' Agreement. Implementation of "Curriculum for Excellence" is at the point where there will be a significant expansion from individual initiatives in selected areas to adoption by all teachers across all aspects of learning. At this transition point, this publication looks at some of the most important factors which will be needed for these profound changes. It takes stock of emerging practice in professional development and describes how collegiality, the contributions of chartered teachers, partnerships, leadership development, and the potential of information and communications technology can help to achieve the challenging outcomes educators seek. It reaffirms the importance of teachers learning together, recognising that the insights and expertise which lead to improvements for learners are often to be found amongst colleagues. It contains examples of promising and effective practice and points for further engagement and discussion. (Contains 17 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education, Outcomes of Education, Collegiality, Curriculum Implementation, Elementary Secondary Education, Experienced Teachers, Teacher Role, Leadership, Computer Uses in Education, Partnerships in Education

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail: enquiries[at]educationscotland.gov.uk; Web site: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk









Author: Her Majesty-s Inspectorate of Education

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3430&id=ED543029







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