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Teacher effectiveness, Educational quality, Achievement, Excellence in education, Teacher improvement, Teaching experience, Teaching process, Teaching skills


Paper presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research Conference, Melbourne, October 2003. Header title: Distinguishing Expert Teachers from Novice and Experienced Teachers.

Also published in Interpretations; v.36 n.2 p.27-38; 2003.


My journey this morning takes me from identifying the relative power of the teacher, to a reflection on the qualities of excellence among teachers, and dwells mainly on a study undertaken in the classroom of America’s very best teachers. My search is driven by the goal of ascertaining the attributes of excellence – because if we can discover the location of these goal posts, if we can understand the height of the bar of the goal posts, we then have the basis for developing appropriate professional development, the basis for teacher education programs to highlight that which truly makes the difference, the basis for extolling that our profession truly does have recognisable excellence which can be identified in defensible ways, and the basis for a renewed focus on the success of our teachers to make the difference.

Place of Publication

Camberwell, Vic.


Australian Council for Educational Research