University of Bath

Researching the relationship between teachers’ beliefs and practices

In this seminar, Professor Simon Borg examines key issues that arise in research around the relationship between teachers’ beliefs and practices.

22 Mar 201810.15am
to
22 Mar 201811.45am
Free
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Many research projects have focused on how teachers’ beliefs influence their teaching or how classroom experiences could impact on the development of teachers’ beliefs

Previous research suggests that teachers’ beliefs can have an impact on their classroom practices, so educational researchers have been trying to understand the relationship between teachers’ beliefs and classroom decisions for a long time. Several research projects have focused on how teachers’ beliefs influence their teaching or how classroom experiences could impact on the development of teachers’ beliefs.

This external seminar examines key issues that arise in research around the relationship between teachers’ beliefs and practices with a particular focus on:

  • definitional matters
  • the rationale for such research
  • how the beliefs-practices relationship is conceptualised
  • how methodological choices shape research outcomes