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Online Access to Education Journals

We provide all registrants with free online access to the Education Source - EBSCO package and the Leadership & Management Learning Centre. Education Source is a collection of over 1,700 education journals. In addition, a selection of 28 eBooks will also be available for use with access to this resource on a pilot basis for an initial period of one year.

You can access the Education Source resource by logging into your MyGTCS account.

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Those engaging with research and developing as enquiring professionals sits at the heart of the GTCS Professional Standards and the national model for professional learning. Critical engagement in and with educational research, literature, theory and enquiry to inform and challenge thinking and professional actions is embedded across all the Standards. The professional values expect that all registered teachers in Scotland are committed to:

  • critically examining their own beliefs and values;
  • challenging their assumptions and professional practice;
  • lifelong enquiry, learning, professional development and leadership as core aspects of professionalism and collaborative practice.

From the earliest phase of the learning journey teachers are expected to access, engage with and apply findings from educational research and systematically engage in research to challenge and inform practice.

Until now, teachers' access to educational research has been somewhat limited. Online research journals tend only to be available to those matriculated with universities studying courses of Initial Teacher Education or Postgraduate study. Whilst there is some open access to educational research this is minimal.

GTCS recognises the importance of research to teachers and Scottish education. It is essential that teachers are provided with relevant access to research publications to enable them to engage with research as stated in their Professional Standards and become an integral part of professional learning.

During this initial year long trial, we will gather data on the usage of the online journals and views from users about their experiences of the package. This will help us ensure we provide the best support to facilitate engagement and can evaluate fully the impact and effectiveness of the pilot access.

Education Source - EBSCO

The Education Source is a collection of over 1,700 journals, a selection of eBooks, and additional research resources in the field of education.

  • Full text for over 1,800 journals
  • Indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals
  • Full text for more than 550 books and monographs
  • Full text for numerous education-related conference papers
  • Citations for over 5 million articles, including book reviews

The Leadership & Management Learning Centre

The Leadership & Management Learning Centre provides content specifically aimed at the field of leadership and management and draws on resources from industry, as well as education.

eBooks

A selection of relevant eBooks chosen by the GTCS are also available. A full list is available from our downloads section.