GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Why Practitioner Enquiry?

The most successful education systems ...invest in developing their teachers as reflective, accomplished and enquiring professionals who have the capacity to engage fully with the complexities of education and to be key actors in shaping and leading educational change. (Donaldson, 2011:4)

To understand more about why you should take part in Practitioner Enquiry, select each of the sections on the wheel below:

Enquiry as Stance

Enquiry as Stance is a term used by Cochran-Smith and Lytle (2009) to refer to a 'way of being' a teacher. By this they mean a teacher/education professional who acts in slightly different ways. They are professionals who move beyond the well rehearsed 'reflective practices' of good classroom teachers and instead they adopt a more focused, critically informed questioning approach to their professional practice and pupil learning.


Cochran-Smith, M. & Lytle, S. (2009) Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation (Teachers College Press: New York)

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