Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.
Chapter 4: The Student Teacher as Researcher
The Student Teacher as Researcher
Why should research be important to you as a PGCE student and as a teacher? In this chapter we will develop the notion that research is synonymous with deeper learning and critical engagement, and build upon some issues related to learning that were considered in Chapters 2 and 3. The false dualism of theory and practice (Pring, 2000) is explored, asking what we really mean by theory, by practice, and moving to a position where these two elements are seen to be inexplicably entwined.
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