Romanowski, Michael H.*
College of Education, Qatar University, Qatar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
College of Education, Qatar University, Qatar (email@example.com)
Over the past twenty years, countries have embraced educational reforms that are driven by standards-based education that include professional standards for teachers. This is the case in Qatar where professional standards for teachers where imported to improve teaching in the midst of a major educational reform. This study presents findings from 333 teachers who completed an open-ended questionnaire designed to gain teachers’ perceptions and experiences with professional standards. Findings describe teachers’ responses regarding professional standards as an effective framework to improve the quality of teaching and learning, the influence on instruction, the positives and negatives of professional standards and the use of standards as a tool for obtaining licensure. Discussion provides additional insight into the issues and challenges of the use of professional standards to improve the quality of instruction.
Keywords: professional standards; educational reform; qualitative research; teachers; K-12 education