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.  

The Student Teacher as Researcher

The student teacher as researcher

In this chapter you will explore:

  • Deep and shallow learning
  • Critical thinking
  • Why do research?
  • Research as enquiry
  • The value of reflection
  • What is reflection?
  • Questioning and reflection
  • Types of reflection
  • Reflection in and on action
  • Reflexivity
  • Classrooms as places of complexity


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.

You may or ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles