NIoT Professional Development Research

Feb 8, 2024

National Teacher Professional Development Research Announced

The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) has announced two key developments in their research of teacher professional development.

Inaugural Research Agenda

The NIoT have published their research agenda with 8 key questions over 4 themes that will guide their research focus in the next 3 years.

1. Meeting needs

  • How can teachers’ and leaders’ professional development needs be best identified?
  • What does effective mentoring that also works for mentors look like?

2. Having impact

  • Which delivery methods or professional interactions are the most effective at changing teacher and / or leader behaviour to improve practice?
  • When is professional development more effective? When it is specific to the setting, phase, or subject?

3. Practical realities

  • How can the impact of professional development be measured?
  • Can professional development be used to support recruitment and retention?

4. Research meets practice

  • How can quality time be made for professional development, and can it avoid unnecessary additional workload?
  • How can professional development be informed by research?
National Institute of Teaching research agenda

Launch of a Meta-Review on Teacher Education and Professional Development

This is a new protocol for a meta-review in teacher education and professional development.

This initiative aims to aggregate and organise all research reviews pertinent to teacher education, simplifying access for educators, leaders, researchers, and policymakers.

The outcomes of this meta-review will contribute to the creation of a dynamic living library, a comprehensive gap map of research and toolkit.

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