Section archive - Professional Development
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The Effects of a Short-term Professional Development Program on Physical Education Teachers’ Behaviour and Students’ Engagement in Learning
The study examined the effect of a short-term training programme οn in-service physical education teachers’ behaviour and students’ engagement in learning. The participants were 32 teachers, who were randomly divided into an experimental and a control group. The experimental group attended a two-hour lecture followed by a two-hour practicum, and showed significant improvement and learning of all the examined behaviours as well as significantly higher performance than the control group. Also, students of the experimental teacher group presented significantly greater activity time, more practice attempts and more successful ones than their peers in the control group.
Updated: May. 02, 2016
Distinguishing Models of Professional Development: The Case of an Adaptive Model’s Impact on Teachers’ Knowledge, Instruction, and Student Achievement
In this article, the authors examine specific learning outcomes—notably, increases in teachers’ knowledge, changes in their practice, and the impact on student achievement—as a result of teachers’ participation in a situative-based, adaptive professional development (PD) program. The findings suggest that participation in the Problem-Solving Cycle (PSC) model of PD can support at least modest improvements in teachers’ knowledge and classroom instruction within a relatively short time frame. This study of the PSC highlights one way to examine the effectiveness of adaptive PD using longitudinal data and quantitative analyses. Based on those analyses, the PSC does appear to have the potential to substantially affect teachers’ knowledge and instruction and, perhaps, their students’ achievement.
Updated: Apr. 17, 2016
In this article, the authors examine how particular lived experiences influenced negotiation of the figured worlds participants inhabit and how that negotiation might contribute to the ways in which they took up certain issues, in this case equity in mathematics education. The authors identified two strands that ran through the findings: As teachers came to use a multicultural lens on their mathematics classrooms, they interacted with the figured world of equitable mathematics pedagogy in different ways; In considering sites for praxis, those teachers with more experience in multicultural education looked in and beyond their classrooms for change.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2016
This article describes the process and outcomes of a project aimed at bringing together a set of diverse experts. The experts should generate a set of design recommendations for what should be considered when creating, sustaining, and assessing professional development systems to support the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
Teacher Enactment Patterns: How Can We Help Move All Teachers to Reform-Based Inquiry Practice Through Professional Development?
This study aimed to examine high school teachers’ beliefs about inquiry instruction and determine how their beliefs influenced their use of inquiry after a professional development program. The authors used Windschitl’s (2002) Constructivist Dilemmas framework as a framework to understand the teachers’ enactments.The authors found that the teachers were placed into four enactment categories: Integrated, Emerging, Laboratory-based, and Activity-focused.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2015
Professional Development for Professional Learners: Teachers’ Experiences in Norway, Germany and England
This article reports on the experiences of teachers who have had Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Europe. The findings of this study reveal, in all three countries, similar discrepancies between the activities in which these teachers engage and the value they place on individual professional development. In most cases, teachers interviewed in this study identified not just a huge variation in their experience of professional development. According to these teachers, their professional development would appear to be neither systematic nor particularly successful. Furthermore, accountability is checked by the sorts of appraisals mentioned by many of these teachers. In many cases these are based on targets and observations, which can be used to apply pressure on individuals to take part in staff development, or indeed be used by teachers as its justification.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2015
Researching the Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programmes Based on Action Research, Constructivism, and Systems Theory
This article examines the topic of professional development programmes’ impact. Concepts and ideas of action research, constructivism, and systems theory are used as a theoretical framework. These concepts are combined to describe and analyse an exemplary professional development programme in Austria.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2015
Centrality of Enactive Experiences, Framing, and Motivation to Student Teachers’ Emerging Professional Identity
In the context of the student-teaching practicum, interactions with cooperating teachers and pupils are believed to comprise the press for professional identity development, though theory-based explanations are often neglected in the literature, and findings are not always consistent. To address this issue, the authors used grounded theory to articulate a model explaining the relations among three constructs important to the process of identity development of student teachers. The findings are organized around a model that highlights the phenomenon of “negotiating who I am as a teacher”.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
Exploring a Community of Practice Model for Professional Development to Address Challenges to Classroom Practices in Early Childhood
This study examined whether and how an on-site and research–teacher community of practice model for professional development addressed challenges to classroom practices in a Head Start program. The findings revealed several challenges to classroom practice that aligned with previous research: existing practices did not always cohere with research-based practice, lack of planning between the lead and assistant teachers, and high teacher turnover. The authors suggest recommendations for establishing an on-site teacher-researcher community of practice model for professional development.
Updated: Aug. 12, 2015
Prime Online: Developing Grades 3-5 Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics in an Online Professional Development Program
This study aimed to investigate the impact of a yearlong, online teacher professional development (oTPD) program, Prime Online, on teachers’ mathematics knowledge for teaching (MKT) and to examine the components of a PD program that impacted participants’ MKT. The analysis indicates latent growth modeling and focus group data indicated growth in participants’ content knowledge and initial growth in knowledge of students from pretest to midtest, with a decline at the end of the program. The authors conclude that that Prime Online has potential to provide teachers with ongoing, rigorous, high-quality learning opportunities for impacting their knowledge of mathematics content and pedagogy and of their students.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2015