|Wednesday, 22 September 2010|
SummaryThis report presents some of the data arising from a research project into graduates of the Institute of Education’s innovative practice-based Master in Teaching programme, some four years on from the date of graduation of the first cohort. Using an on-line survey of all 110 graduates (of whom 35 responded) followed up with eight individual interviews, the project looked at range of issues affecting middle- and early-career teachers. These included their attitudes to CPD, management and leadership, the impact of the course on their practice, their level of motivation and burn-out, their relationships with colleagues and their continuing links with higher education. The raw data is being made available through the WLE website, and some of these other themes will be explored in more detail in later publications. This report focuses on the idea of change, looking in detail at how the teachers described change in their own practice, and the extent to which there is any evidence of there being a sustained change in practice in respect to their use of research literature or scholarship in the classroom. In addition to summaries of the survey data, lengthy quotations from transcripts of the interviews have often been selected because of the quality of insight they afford into the particular cases studied.