Project Details

Developing Instruments for Studying Inspiring Teachers and Their Teaching Practice in Diverse Contexts

This pilot study will draw on findings of previous research on effective and inspiring teaching. Recent qualitative research findings on English teachers showed that characteristics of the teaching practices of inspiring teachers shared many similarities with those of effective teachers. However, inspiring teachers seemed to those who showed strong commitment and care beyond the classroom as well. This study will address the existing research limitation that we lack a reliable classroom observation instrument for observing inspiring teaching and an interview protocol for understanding the contextual effects on inspiring teaching in Chinese contexts. In this study, the research team will develop a quantitative classroom observation instrument using Delphi Method with both researcher and teacher expert panels. Then the instrument will be trailed on 300 video-recorded lessons randomly selected from a sample pool of 500+ lessons in the principal investigator’ previous study. The results will be validated and then triangulated with data collected on effective teaching. The expected outcomes will inform us the relationships between effective and inspiring teaching. For investigating the contextual effects on inspiring teaching in Chinese contexts, an interview protocol will be modified from a recent English study on inspiring teachers and a doctoral study on Chinese instructional leadership.

Commencement Date : 2015/12
Completion Date : 2016/12
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr KO, Yue On James 高裕安 [APCLC,EPL]
Co-Investigator(s) : Pamela Sammons *
Leonidas Kyriakides *

*Investigator from an outside institution/organization

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