Section archive - Professional Development
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Teachers' In-service Training is only the Beginning of A Road: Personal and Organizational Contexts of Teachers' Continuous Professional Development
The article describes a study that explores how teachers participating in PD courses perceive the qualities and benefits of such courses, and the variables that affect these perceptions. A secondary goal of the study was to determine whether it is possible to differentiate between variables inherent in the manner in which the courses are conducted and other variables. The study findings validate the strong connection between two key compounded variables affecting outcomes of PD programs: teachers' professional and personal motivation towards the program and the relevancy of the program contents to their needs. Motivation is further enhanced through the trainee's participation in the program, thereby constituting a major leverage for reaching the PD goals and achieving beneficial outcomes.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2015
This article describes a multiyear collaboration between two faculty members. that began with a training relationship and expanded into co-teaching. From this experience, the authors widened their knowledge of resources, added to their teaching repertoire, and created new projects and assignments. Over time, this professional experience has grown into an exchange of roles and responsibilities. The authors conclude with a list of specific lessons learned or tips for other faculty considering such collaboration.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2015
Creating Learning Opportunities for Teachers and Students: A Cultural-Historical Understanding of Classroom Research
In this article, the authors propose cultural-historical activity theory as a framework for understanding the opportunities that arise for students and teachers from the presence of researchers in the classroom. They analyze three vignettes from their research in elementary mathematics classrooms for the purpose of illustrating a cultural-historical activity theoretic explanation of the interaction. Finally, the authors suggest that the “impact” of research can be increased at least locally when participants capitalize on the opportunities that arise for teaching and learning when researchers are present.
Updated: May. 17, 2015
This article examines teacher leadership. The authors were interested in developing stronger teachers, accomplished teacher leaders, and a transformed teaching profession. The findings reveal that utilizing teacher leaders in teacher education courses, via video conference, creates opportunities for mutual responsibility of P–12 schools and higher education in the preparation of new teachers. The authors hope to further understand the power of these real- time interactions between future teachers and teacher leaders.
Updated: Apr. 12, 2015
This article aims to guide language teacher educators to address novice teacher emotion systematically in the learning-to-teach experience. The authors used a scheme of a complete orienting basis of the action (SCOBA) to orient language teacher educators as they respond to novice teacher emotions in the activity of journal writing. This analysis demonstrates that emotional content is pervasive in this novice teacher’s journals, and that her emotions are tied to her perezhivanie and her thinking about and activity/outcomes of her teaching. The authors argue that the SCOBA highlights that teacher expression of emotion is intertwined with cognition and activity as part of the developmental process of beginning teachers, and can be addressed in mediation.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2015
This study identifies the influential variables for professional development as a teacher evaluation outcome from a teachers’ perspective. The findings reveal that the effect of the evaluation system on professional development is limited. The effects teachers perceive from the evaluation system on their professional development may be related to different characteristics of the evaluation system. The results of this study show that limited teaching experience, useful feedback and a positive attitude of the principal are the most important characteristics of the evaluation system. These characteristics are positively related to outcomes of the teacher evaluation system on professional development.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2015
Authentic Project-Based Design of Professional Development for Teachers Studying Online and Blended Teaching
This article describes an authentic project-based learning. The article overviews the approach and impact of an online professional development course for those in education and training, including school teachers and their schools in New Zealand and abroad. The data show that practice with online and blended learning during this course appears to have contributed to participants’ rate of adoption of similar approaches in their own professional contexts. The authors argue that the design of this postgraduate course can be seen to enhance relative advantages of online and blended learning in each student’s professional work, while also reducing the complexity of these innovations.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014
Professional Learning in the Lives of Teachers: Towards a New Framework for Conceptualising Teacher Learning
This study explored the continuing professional learning of teachers in a range of Australian schools. The findings revealed that three sets of major influences on teachers’ engagement with professional learning and the quality of that learning. These influences were isolation, cost, and the professional and personal life stages of teachers.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
A Conceptual Discussion of Lesson Study from a Micro-Political Perspective: Implications for Teacher Development and Pupil Learning
This article focuses on a micro-political discussion related to everyday stakeholder interactions that are endemic to the lesson study process. The authors aim to investigate issues pertaining to power relations that exist between teachers and their students, teachers and their peers, and teachers and external consultants. Their approach is conceptual in nature; simultaneously, we present several detailed examples revealing key issues related to lesson study implementation in Asian countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The authors have demonstrated that a post-structural theoretical perspective can illuminate the complex nature of lesson study, in relation to key concepts of power, identity, and discourse that need to be reflected upon by practitioners, school leaders, and consultants alike.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2014
The Influence of Professional Development on Educators' Instructional Conversations in Preschool Classrooms
This research investigated the influence of professional development on 20 preschool teachers' use of instructional conversations in classrooms for 2- to 5-year-old children. Results indicated that regardless of their prior teaching experience, all of the teachers increased their use of instructional conversation throughout their participation in the professional development program. These increases were along the same trajectory for all teachers, suggesting that the professional development was effective for both new and veteran teachers.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014