This page indicates the primary focus
areas as they are envisioned, as they will be set up as QTII
grows and acquires funding. The areas are subject to change as the
vision grows and research is conducted and consolidated.
The QTII focus areas are set up to address the most critical issues
we see facing education today. These issues are
See the pages for each focus are (where available) for an introduction to
that focus area. Later evolutions of these pages will include guiding philosophies,
and research references for each area.
WHY THESE AREAS? AND WHY IN THIS
These are the areas that current research suggests are those areas most in
need of improving to ensure quality teaching, and those areas in which
individual teachers or departments can have a significant effect.
are a number of factors outside these included areas that have significant
impact on student learning, such as a student's socioeconomic status, self
perception, or innate abilities, but a teacher or a school has small chance of
changing these factors. Instead, QTII chooses to focus on those areas in which
a teacher and a school can have significant positive effects on student
For a discussion
of QTII's rationale in selecting the particular sequence of our focus areas,
please see the paper: "The Ordinal Nature of
QTII's Effective Teaching Focus Areas."