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“Identifying and recruiting effective teachers”

1. Overview

EDOREN is launching a new study on “identifying and recruiting effective teachers”. This study will be conducted in an innovative manner by working with State Research Teams, who will receive a research grant of 10 Million Naira (N10,000,000) to implement the research. These teams should consist of state-level policymakers (MoE/SUBEB) and state-based academics (university, CoE or research institutions) to ensure the study is most policy relevant and tailored to education policy, as well as helps support research capacity and builds sustainable partnerships to sustainably address education policy questions in the future. The research will take place in Kano and Kaduna states.

Through this call, EDOREN is asking for “Letters of Interest” from groups of policymakers and academics in Kano and in Kaduna, who would like to establish a State Research Team and engage in this research process. This call provides an overview of the following elements:

  • A background to the challenge of identifying and recruiting effective teachers, and EDOREN.
  • Formal requirements for composition and commitment of State Research Teams
  • The direct and in-kind support for State Research Teams
  • Requirements for the content of the Letter of Interest
  • Selection Criteria and Selection Process for State Research Teams

1.1. Background

Many States in Northern Nigeria are currently facing a crisis in terms of the overall effectiveness of their primary school teachers. Recent assessments in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara and Zamfara suggest that primary teachers have limited knowledge of the subjects they teach such as English, mathematics and science. Classroom observations also suggest that teaching skills are poor, with only 40% of teachers’ instructional time being described as ‘effective classroom practice’ and only 0.3% of teachers ‘sufficiently able’ to monitor pupils’ academic progress. Yet about 65% of teachers in the study hold an NCE qualification. This suggests that many NCE-qualified teachers are insufficiently prepared to teach in primary schools. Currently, recruitment of teachers is based primarily on the possession of the NCE-certification without further consideration of their potential to be effective in class. In order to substantially improve the quality of teachers in primary schools, government will require the identification of characteristics of an effective teacher, and also improve the process for recruiting such teachers.

While educational research notes the importance of effective teachers for students’ learning , it also notes the difficulty of any system to identify and recruit the “most effective” teachers. Research that would support the Government of Nigeria to improve teacher effectiveness thus requires a significant focus on implementation and systems strengthening within and across policy and research institutions.

To support this process, EDOREN is inviting State Research Teams (State Teams) composed of both researchers and policymakers to submit Letters of Interest on how they would best carry out a study on “identifying and recruiting effective teachers”. The study will address two major questions:

  • What types of teachers make for “more effective” teachers?
  • How should the system be reformed to better ensure effective teachers are recruited?

Please click here to download the Call for Letters of Interest for this research.

EDOREN invites letters of interests from suitable teams to participate in this study. The deadline for submissions is 29th April 2016. Letter of interest can be submitted by email, or by post. Online submission platform is also provided here.

To make an online submission of a letter of Interest, (1) complete the form below (2) click the Upload Expression of Interest Documents link below and (3) upload the Expression of interest documents in PDF form.

The following dates are to be kept in mind when submitting the Letter of Interest:

Submission date: 29 April
Selection of two research team: 6 May
Awards made, Signing of MoUs with State Teams: 13 May