Resources on developing teacher expertise
During the ITE CoP project, we collated and produced a series of resources on how to develop teacher expertise, including working papers, question-and-answers with international experts, and links to insightful papers on teacher development.
The working papers are in draft format and not for citation.
List of resources produced during the CoP:
- A working paper written by Learning First on how to build Teacher Subject Expertise. This paper is a summary of Not So Elementary, a report authored by Learning First on how the world’s best education systems develop elementary teachers with deep content knowledge.
- A working paper written by Learning First on Developing subject expertise through practice: An example from Japanese teacher preparation and development.
- Questions and Answers on developing mathematics expertise in novice teachers using The Learning Cycle with the University of Washington’s Professor Elham Kazemi
- Questions and Answers on using Japanese Lesson Study to develop novice teachers with Dr Akihiko Takahashi
Links to external resources we found insightful during the CoP:
Readings on using K-12 curriculum to improve teacher learning
- The Aspen Institute, “Practice what you teach: Connecting curriculum and professional learning in schools”, 2017
- Chiefs for Change, “Hiding in plain sight: Leveraging curriculum to improve student learning”, 2017
- Education Next,” Louisiana threads the needle on education reform”, 2017
General readings on teacher subject expertise
- Ball et al, “Content knowledge for teaching: What makes it special?”, Journal of Teacher Education, 2008
- Ball and Forzani, "Teaching Skillful Teaching", The Effective Education, 2010
- Evens et al, "Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Lessons Learned from Intervention Studies", Education Research International, 2015
- For more information, refer to Learning First’s report Not so elementary: Primary school teacher quality in high-performing systems which includes a toolkit of example curriculum documents and subject knowledge exams
Readings and resources on approaches to develop teacher subject expertise (Lesson Study, The Learning Cycle)
- McDonald, Kazemi and Kavanagh, “Core Practices and Pedagogies of Teacher Education: A Call for a Common Language and Collective Activity”, Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
- The Teacher Education by Design website, which includes information on how to implement the Learning Cycle and instructional activities
- Toshiya Chichibu and Toshiyuki Kihara, "How Japanese schools build a professional learning community by lesson study", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 2013
- Toshiakira Fujii, “The Critical Role of Task Design in Lesson Study”, Task Design In Mathematics Education, 2013
- Takahashi and McDougal, “Collaborative lesson research: maximizing the impact of lesson study”, ZDM Mathematics Education, 2016
- Takahashi, “Supporting the Effective Implementation of a New Mathematics Curriculum: A case study of school-based lesson study at a Japanese public elementary school”, Mathematics Curriculum in School Education, 2014
Readings on clinical teacher preparation and residencies
- McLean Davies et al, “Teaching as a clinical profession: translational practices in initial teacher education – an international perspective”, Journal of Education for Teaching, 2015
- Bain and Moje, "Mapping the teacher education terrain for novices", Phi Delta Kappan, 2012 (describes the 'clinical rounds' approach used in teacher education at the University of Michigan) Guha, Hyler and Darling-Hammond, "The Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers", Learning Policy Institute, 2016
General readings on effective professional learning
- Sharon Fieman-Nemser, “From Preparation to Practice: Designing a Continuum to Strengthen and Sustain Teaching”, Teachers College Record, 2001
- Timperley et al "Teacher Professional Learning and Development: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration", New Zealand Government, 2007
- Yoon et al "Reviewing the evidence on how teacher professional development affects student achievement", US Department of Education, 2007
- TNTP, “The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development”, 2015
- For more information, refer to Learning First’s report Beyond PD: Teacher professional learning in high-performing systems which includes a toolkit of example professional development templates and resources.