How to improve teaching practice?: an experimental comparison of centralized training and in-classroom coaching

SOURCE: Journal of Human Resources
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Cilliers, B.Fleisch, C.Prinsloo, S.Taylor
KEYWORDS: TEACHING, TRAINING
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10743

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Abstract

We experimentally compare two modes of in-service professional development for South African public primary school teachers. In both modes teachers received the same learning materials and daily lesson plans, aligned to the official literacy curriculum. Pupils exposed to two years of the program improved their reading proficiency by 0.12 standard deviations if their teachers received centralized Training, compared to 0.24 if their teachers received in-class Coaching. Classroom observations reveal that teachers were more likely to split pupils into smaller reading groups, which enabled individualized attention and more opportunities to practice reading. Results vary by class size and baseline pupil reading proficiency.