Developing an understanding of professional practice is essential for anyone training to teach in the further education and skills sector. This go-to guide will give you a clear understanding of the major topics covered in the mandatory Wider Professional Practice and Development unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and more broadly explores the value of professionalism to all aspects of further education. Key coverage includes:  • Understanding learners and attitudes to learning  • How to do action research  • Professional observation and development  • Making sense of education policy  • Teacher expectations  • Challenges to equality and diversity  • The inclusive curriculum These topics are discussed within a wider political and socio-economic context, and are supported by insightful case studies and activities. This is essential for anyone studying the Diploma in Education and Training, and recommended reading for related courses in the further education and skills sector.

Teacher Expectations

Teacher Expectations

This chapter will bring together secondary research on teachers’ attitudes and prejudices to explore some of the more complex issues of equality and diversity. The relationship between teachers’ implicit prejudices, teachers’ expectations and educational attainment and achievement will be discussed. The terms ‘attainment’ and ‘achievement’ are often used interchangeably, but there is an important distinction: attainment is the standard of work reached compared with an expected standard, for example exam results, whereas achievement is the individual progress and success, i.e. the distance travelled. In this chapter, I mostly refer to achievement, because this ultimately has an impact on overall attainment.

This is no by means a definitive exploration of the literature on teacher expectations, but the intention is to draw some of ...

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