Professional Development

Research evidence and reflective teaching

Steve Higgins considers the relationship between research evidence and reflective teaching and argues that they are complementary in supporting the development of teachers’ professional expertise.
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Celebration of a seminal work 

This article is a celebration of the publication of the 5th Edition of Andrew Pollard’s Reflective Teaching in Schools (Pollard et al. 2018).1 The updated version includes adapted summaries of the research evidence included in the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit. This serves as an indication of the change in the relationship between research and practice over the last twenty years. As a new lecturer in initial teacher education, I was an early adopter of the first edition of Reflective Teaching in Primary Schools (Pollard & Tann, 1997) and wished it had been available when I did my PGCE.! Since the publication of the EEF Toolkit I have thought a lot about the relationship between research evidence and reflective teaching and have developed some of these ideas in this article.

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