Davis College Academic Research Project
Teachers in Davis College are centrally involved in two pioneering research projects which investigate the efficacy of approaches to teaching in the classroom:
- Team teaching involves two teachers working together in the classroom, sharing between them the delivery of lessons with particular class groups.
- This approach enables classwork to progress rapidly and productively as the two teachers share the conduct of the lesson. It may involve one teacher engaged in instruction while the other monitors students work and offers assistance or feedback.
- This approach has been piloted in various year groups in the college, and in various different subjects, to great effect.
- To date, the practice of team teaching in Davis College has been the subject of a number of inspections and visitations from numerous agencies interested in how the model works, including delegations from County Cork VEC, the Department of Education and skills, University College Cork and the University of Ontario.
- The college is currently contributing to a detailed submission spearheaded by the County Cork VEC that is seeking greater recognition and support for this innovative practice. As part of this submission, a number of team teaching lessons in Davis College were filmed and included in an informational DVD.