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The gap between teachers’ understanding of their teaching and students’ experiences in secondary schools of Cyprus

Author(s) Koutselini, M. & Agathangelou, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
This study aims to compare teachers’ understanding of their teaching and students’ experiences in secondary schools of Cyprus. Otherwise and using Goodlad’s (1979) terminology, the focus is placed on the differences between the perceived curriculum (what teachers perceive and implement) and the experienced curriculum (what students’experience). For the purposes of this study, two questionnaires were developed, one addressed to students and one to teachers. An effort has been made to use the same questionnaires in five European countries (Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania), adapting them to the school context, in order to allow comparison of results between the countries. This study presents the results derived by a representative sample of 545 secondary school teachers, as well as of 1282 students (age 14 and 16) all over Cyprus. The interpretation of the data is based on research on perceived and experienced pedagogy in relation to the characteristics of education for active citizenship.
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