How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

What Can Master's-Level Study do for me?

What can master's-level study do for me?
Scott Scott

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • understand different definitions of what constitutes Master's level;
  • relate to the context in which Master's-level study has developed in relation to teacher training, teaching and classroom-based research for all teachers;
  • understand what Master's-level study and research might mean for you, in terms of your professional development on your teaching course and in the future.

Before 2010, Master's-level study for teachers (trainee and experienced) was promoted and funded by the government as means of encouraging a particular kind of approach to the linking of theory and practice in initial teacher education, as a vehicle for experienced teachers’ professional development, to enable individuals to ...

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