Practice Based Learning: Developing Excellence in Teaching

The introduction of Chartered Teacher status in Scotland has created the need for a text that helps teachers to undertake the practice-based elements of that Standard. Aspiring Chartered Teachers also need materials that support them in making sense of the requirement to display professional influence and contribute to their profession. The editors and contributors to this volume provide theoretical and practical tools to enable teachers to develop their classroom practice within the current context of Scottish education - where improving teaching and learning is no longer simply construed as an individual endeavour. The focus is on the development of evidence-informed practice through the use of reflexive and enquiry based approaches to improving the learning of pupils in schools.The book draws on the work of teachers both in their own classrooms and also as members of collaborative professional enquiry groups. The book is intended for teachers, Continuing Professional Development providers, including school leaders and managers, and those academics interested in the professional development of experienced practitioners. Its purpose is to provide teachers with an overview of both the processes and the experience of developing the practice of teaching which is both theoretically sound and practicable. Since it is focused on transforming the classroom practice of teachers as a basis for improving school performance this book will have an international appeal in all countries where the development and recognition of 'expert teachers' is a priority.