Department of Education
Posted on 13 December 2022
The Teacher Success Project (TSP), based in the Department of Education's Psychology in Education Research Centre, aims to conduct research about effective teacher selection and recruitment and apply that to practice. The project has moved through different phases, beginning with a substantial ERC-funded research project led by Professor Rob Klassen on the use of 'situational judgment tests' as a means of selecting those with the potential to become great teachers. The focus is now on seeking to apply this knowledge via a spin-out company. Adding to last year's ARC Accelerator prize, the team's efforts on the T-Insight Scenario Based Learning tool has now won a gold medal in the Breakthrough Technology Innovation in Education category in the ‘Future of Learning’ competition run by QS Reimagine Education.
This award follows swiftly after Professor Klassen successfully secured almost £800,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council to support a new project on teacher recruitment in STEM disciplines: Rethinking teacher recruitment: New approaches to attracting prospective STEM teachers. Through a collaboration with Durham University, the project will employ innovative technologies, including ‘persuasive games’ to address teacher shortages in STEM subjects, an ongoing problem which has intensified in recent years.