Should we aim for better teachers or for better teaching?

From experience to meaning...

When you read the title of this blog post, you may have wondered what’s the difference. Well, one could argue it’s the difference between Japan and the US as described in this new article by James Hiebert and James W. Stigler published in Educational Researcher (H/T Dan Willingham). The authors describe teaching as a system, and the teacher is only one component of the system. The authors than argue that improving systems requires a different approach than improving individual. And while the US aims at improving the individual, Japan aims at improving the system. But what is best? Read this excerpt from the conclusion of this comparative study:

The distinction between teachers and teaching is not new with us (see Bell et al., 2012; Cohen, 2010; Hiebert & Morris, 2012; Kennedy, 2006, 2010). The particular contribution of this article was to examine the different systems for improving teaching that…

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