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Sustaining the Impact: exploring the outcomes of Professional Recognition of Scottish teachers for Sustainable Development Education

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    Rights statement: Ross, H. (2011). Sustaining the Impact: exploring the outcomes of Professional Recognition of Scottish teachers for Sustainable Development Education. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh
Commissioning bodyGTC Scotland (General Teaching Council for Scotland)
Number of pages44
StatePublished - 2011

Abstract

This study explored the outcomes of the recently established system for the Professional Recognition (PR) of work in sustainable development education (SDE).

The professional body for Scottish teachers, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), awards PR to teachers who apply for it with supporting evidence. The application process focuses professional learning in particular fields, such as SDE.

In this study twenty-two application forms were analysed and 8 teachers who had been successful in obtaining PR were spoken to in small groups or individually. In this summary, the latter are referred to as ‘interviewed teachers’.

The study focused on teachers’ engagement with PR, on the characteristics of those teachers, on their SDE practices, and on how these might have affected their pupils’ attitudes and behaviours.

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