Section archive - Professional Development
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Connecting Changes in Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge to their Experiences in a Professional Development Workshop
This article explores changes in teachers’ knowledge of the cognitive demands of mathematical tasks following their participation in the ESP ‘‘Improving Practice’’ workshop throughout the 2004–2005 school year. The article also examines how those changes connect back to teachers’ experiences in the workshop. The findings reveal that at the end of the ‘‘Improving Practice’’ workshop, ESP teachers significantly increased their knowledge of the cognitive demands of mathematical tasks and had significantly higher knowledge than teachers in the contrast group. The author concludes that the strong connections between changes in teachers’ knowledge and their experiences in the workshop provide indications that learning occurred during the workshop, and this learning may have influenced subsequent changes in teachers’ classroom practices.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2014
Supporting Children’s Mathematical Understanding: Professional Development Focused on Out-of-school Practices
This study describes the Reflection Connection Cycle professional development program. The author chose to develop a program that would help teachers find ways to draw on the knowledge students gained from their out-of-school experiences for the explicit goal of using those understandings to support classroom mathematics learning. The participants were 14 female elementary school teachers. The findings revealed that while initial lessons focused solely on the context of practices, subsequent lessons show a greater concern for the mathematics in which children were engaged within a practice. The author argues that specific support in making connections to informal understanding in lesson design may need to be addressed directly.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
Teacher Training Matters: The Results of a Multistate Survey of Secondary Special Educators Regarding Transition From School to Adulthood
The present study examined critical features of secondary special educator’s experiences with transition professional development to predict variables most likely to influence performance of transition planning and services. Results included the extent to which secondary special educators are prepared to perform transition practices, the relationship between preparation and the frequency of performance, and specific variables predictive of higher levels of implementation. The results confirm that training matters if special educators are to implement transition interventions and services.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
The authors present a case study of how the core concepts of neuroscience can be brought to in-service teachers—the BrainU workshops. They then discuss how neuroscience can be meaningfully integrated into pre-service teacher preparation, focusing on institutional and cultural barriers.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014
This article is part of a larger evaluation study of Reduction of Stigma in Schools (RSIS). The Reduction of Stigma in Schools is a professional development program aiming to empower educators to create affirming environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Interview data indicate that though workshops utilized a critical approach, what teachers embraced was a call to understand and “protect” LGBTQ students through the “safety” discourse and investment in one time “visibility” or “celebration” events as symbols of improved school climate.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2013
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) includes teachers’ understanding of how students learn, or fail to learn, specific subject matter. Hence, professional development programs should focus on the development of PCK. The article implies that professional development programs should be closely aligned to teachers’ professional practice.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013
‘Let Them Fish’: Empowering Student-Teachers for Professional Development through the Project Approach
In this action research, the author used a project as an approach to relinquish control and empower the students to organize a seminar for their professional development. The data revealed that a significant learning point for the student-teachers was that communication and interpersonal skills were important in getting results from the top management and people of authority. The project was a process of change and self-discovery for the student-teachers. Students had to get over their resistance towards unwanted responsibilities and accept that in the real world, irrespective of their preferences, the job has to be done.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
A ‘Partnership in Teaching Excellence’: Ways in which One School–University Partnership Has Fostered Teacher Development
This article reports on some of the factors that contribute to an effective partnership between an urban Australian university and a State Department of Education. The partnership entails as a key purpose the development of school Centres of Excellence which contribute to the preparation of pre-service teachers. Findings point to ways in which the partnership has enhanced pre-service teacher engagement and learning and also indicate ways in which partners in both institutions might further strengthen the partnership.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013
The authors have implemented a structured approach to developing the habits of critical reflection. The authors' attempts to incorporate into these pre-service teachers' learning the ‘practice’ part of reflective practice have included the development of different kinds of practical and applied tasks. In turn, their attempts to incorporate the ‘reflective’ part of reflective practice have involved the embedding in assessment activities of different scaffolds for metacognitive reflection.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
The Effects of Online Teacher Professional Development on Fourth Grade Students’ Knowledge and Practices in English Language Arts
The authors present the results of a randomized controlled trial exploring the effects of a learning-community model of OPD for teachers on the knowledge and practices of their students in the context of fourth grade English language arts. There were significant treatment effects for some student outcomes.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013