Educational Research for Policy and Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 193–209 | Cite as

Making learning visible in initial teacher education: a pedagogical characterisation scheme

  • Peter G. Taylor
  • Ee Ling Low
  • Kam Ming Lim
  • Chenri Hui


This paper reports the development of a scheme of characterising pedagogical practices in initial teacher education classes. The scheme is intended to provide baseline data on classroom pedagogical practices in Singapore’s sole provider of initial teacher education (ITE). This study is original in that the research team has found no reports of independent research to characterise, through video analysis of classroom practices, the pedagogical practices experienced during ITE. By characterising the pedagogical practices of a purposive sample of ITE lessons run at the National Institute of Education Singapore, this study contributes an initial scheme to produce detailed and layered representations of pedagogical practices through video recordings, which opens a new approach to research on teacher education. The implications with regard to teacher education policy and practice will be discussed.


Characterisation Pedagogical practices Video analysis  Initial teacher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter G. Taylor
    • 1
  • Ee Ling Low
    • 2
  • Kam Ming Lim
    • 2
  • Chenri Hui
    • 3
  1. 1.QCM, Griffith UniversitySouth BrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Office of Teacher Education, National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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