“Personal characteristics affect how teachers teach because they influence the way they behave in the classroom,” lead researcher Professor Janet Clinton said.
“The characteristics we have identified can independently increase the impact of effective teaching on student learning, teacher wellbeing and school outcomes, like community engagement and school belonging."
These characteristics and behaviours include:
Cognitive capability, or their ability to think creatively, critically and competently
Social and emotional approach, such as self-awareness and self-management
Attitudes, beliefs and expectations and motivation
Views on diversity and culture
How they self-reflect
Relationships with colleagues.
“These findings suggest that specific teacher mind frames can improve student outcomes,” Professor Clinton said.
“Effective teachers have evaluative mind frames, they have a belief that they are a change agent, they value professional growth and think critically about their practice in response to student needs.
“Considering teacher quality as distinct to the quality of teaching could allow more individually oriented feedback, acknowledging the importance of the individual teacher and how their personality, traits and capabilities influence their practice, and also help schools help teachers be more effective.”