First results of the national representative teacher survey of the MoTeL (Models of Teacher Learning) research project are now available in Hungarian. This research project, carried out with the participation of more than twenty researchers from three research groups at the Institute of Education at ELTE PPK, studies teacher continuous professional development and learning. Its research questions focus on exploring existing models of teacher professional development and learning, its individual, organisational and system-level drivers and barriers, and its effectiveness. The quantitative data collection was closed in February 2021, and the MoTeL database now includes data from 5063 teachers and school leaders from 656 primary and secondary schools. The data collaction is innovative in the sense that it allows object-oriented analysis of concrete learning situations. The MoTeL Teacher Survey Report provides a descriptive statistical analysis of the outcomes of this survey that is representative of regions and types of training programmes; it is available in Hungarian here.
Project no. 128738 has been implemented with the support provided from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund of Hungary, financed under the K_18 funding scheme.
29, June, 2021
Our first publications presenting the results of the first year of MoTeL research have been published (in Hungarian). The studies in the special thematic issue of 2020/1 of Neveléstudomány provide an overview and analysis of the recent results of international and national research of teacher professional development and learning at the level of the individual, the organisation and the education system. Since an important question of our research is the relationship of teacher professional learning and effectiveness, a study discusses the international literature of this topic. Our further studies on the Hungarian education system-regulatory context and secondary analysis of prior national research data are soon going to be published in the next issue of Pedagógusképzés.
These studies have served as the basis of developing the theoretical framework of the MoTeL research, based on which we plan to conduct a national representative teacher survey involving 500 schools and 5000 teachers/school leaders. Parallel to this, we will ask student teachers as well through an online survey. Quantitative data collection will be supplemented by preparing case studies in the third year of our research project.
22, May, 2020
This year the annual Hungarian National Conference of Education Science was held on 7-9 November in Pécs, where we presented the first results of the MoTeL research project. The symposium was opened by president Csilla Stéger. Following a brief introduction of the project by its operative head, Nóra Rapos, four presentations were delivered:
- A pedagógusok folyamatos szakmai fejlődése és tanulása – egyénből személy (The continuous professional development and learning of teachers - from individual to person) (Rapos, Nóra; Tókos, Katalin; Bükki, Eszter; Gazdag, Emma; Nagy, Krisztina)
- A pedagógusok szakmai fejlődése és tanulása a szervezet és rendszer szintjén (The continuous professional development and learning of teachers at the level of the organisation and of the system) (Lénárd, Sándor; Kopp, Erika; Kovács, Ivett; Urbán, Krisztián; Tóth-Pjeczka, Katalin)
- A pedagógusok szakmai fejlődésének támogatása a hazai szabályozási rendszerben (Support for the professional development of teachers in the national regulatory system) (Szivák, Judit; Rónay, Zoltán; Horváth, László; Fazekas, Ágnes; Salát, Magdolna; Saád, Judit)
- Pedagógusok folyamatos szakmai fejlődésének egyéni és szervezeti összefüggései (Empirical study of the relationship of the individual and organisational factors of the continuous professional development of teachers) (Fazekas, Ágnes; Horváth, László).
30, January, 2020
July MoTeL workshop
The last workshop in this academic year of the MoTeL research that was launched this past October was held on 2 July. Studies reviewing the international and national literature regarding the individual/personal and organisational factors that determine teacher professional development and learning as well as the understanding of its effectiveness have been prepared for this occasion. In the first part of this 4-hour workshop, the main points of these studies were presented. This was followed by a fruitful discussion of the proposals in the study of the individual/personal level regarding the definition of the concept of ‘professional development and learning’ and effectiveness as well as the theoretical framework (to be supplemented by the organisational and system levels), which has to a great extent oriented our work for the future. We plan to develop the theoretical framework of the empirical research to be carried out next year by the end of summer, which will be presented and discussed at the first, September workshop of the new academic year.
10, July, 2019
MoTeL workshops in May
Two workshops were organised in May within the framework of the MoTeL research project. On 21 May we discussed the synopses of planned reviews of international and Hungarian research literature about teacher continuous professional development focusing on the level of the individual and of the system, as part of pillar 2. A summary of the results of the coding of empirical research on CPD, prepared by doctoral students, was also presented here. A week later, we first had a debate of the synopsis of a review focusing on the level of organisation, followed by a discussion of the secondary analysis of existing databases prepared in previous Hungarian studies (the 2013-2014 panel teacher survey of the Institute of Educational Research and Development and a teacher research commissioned by the Educational Authority carried out in 2013-15). We also discussed plans to introduce the research project to the wider national professional audience in a symposium at the Autumn 2019 National Conference of Educational Science.
28, May, 2019
April MoTeL workshop
At the third MoTeL workshop, which was held on 30 April 2019, we discussed the draft versions of two papers prepared in the MoTeL research project. The studies titled “Professionalization of the teaching profession and some other professions and their models of continuous professional development” and “Analysis of the system environment of CPD in Hungary”, written within the framework of pillar 1 and 3, respectively, were first presented by the pillar leaders. Following their short presentations, participants provided valuable input for the finalization of these studies. At the workshop, a closely related project of the ELTE Institute of Research on Adult Education and Knowledge Management was also introduced and we plan to continue discussions with participating researchers that we believe would be fruitful for both projects. Due to lack of time, we had to postpone the discussion of the synopsis of studies to be written in pillar 2 to an extra MoTeL workshop to be held in May.
2, May, 2019
The third MoTeL workshop was held on 19 March 2019. In the first part of the meeting, the pillar leaders presented their work and initial results so far, including the questions and dilemmas that have arised during their work. Reviewing the concept of continuous professional development and related concepts (e.g. understanding of profession, learning environment, effectiveness) has proved to be a challenge for each pillar and one significant expected output of our research project would be the clarification of key concepts and a concept map of CPD and effectiveness. In the second part of the workshop we have discussed the synopsis of secondary analyses of existing databases of former Hungarian research projects, to be produced in pillar 4.
23, March, 2019
February MoTeL workshop
At the February workshop of the MoTeL project we discussed the synopsis of the study to be prepared in Task 1 “Main fields of study of profession and related research of CPD. Exploration of the general knowledge base of CPD in some other professions related to the teacher profession”, with project participants and colleagues in the Institute of Education. This study aims to provide relevant and useful input for our research investigating the continuous professional development of teachers through exploring the legal, medical and higher education instructor professions.
The second half of the workshop was dedicated to discussing the next steps in our analysis of international and Hungarian literature that will provide a basis for developing the theoretical framework of our research.
26, February, 2019
Our first workshop in the MoTeL project was held on 28 January 2019. In addition to presenting the launch of the project and the initial work done so far, the workshop provided an opportunity for knowledge sharing with our colleagues in the Institute of Education. Professor András Németh, Imre Garai and András Zoltán Szabó talked about the results of their recently conducted research project, exploring the historical development and different development models of the teacher profession. Their presentations were followed by a fruitful professional discussion among participants of topics relevant also to the MoTeL project. Following that, Judit Saád, EDITE project manager presented three recently completed theses that were written within the framework of The Learning Teacher research programme of the EDITE international doctoral programme.
2, February, 2019