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How Teachers Teach: Mapping the Terrain of Practice

Sykes, Gary; Wilson, Suzanne M.
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ETS White Paper
Document Type:
White Paper
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Subject/Key Words:
Teaching Styles


This paper—conceived as a framework for competencies in teaching—represents an interpretive synthesis by the authors of main and contemporary currents in the research on teaching and learning. The framework resulting from this review parses teaching into two main domains—instruction and role responsibilities—within each of which a set of broad competencies are identified then described by constituent practices. While further decompositions of these competencies will be warranted, the framework proposes the broad competencies orienting professional teaching practice.

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