Professional Development of Teacher Educators: Voices from the Greek-Cypriot Context

Oct. 01, 2013

Source: Professional Development in Education, Volume 39, Issue 5, 2013, pages 784-798

The present study raises awareness on issues pertaining to teacher educators’ professional development in the Greek-Cypriot context.

Data from semi-structured individual interviews, conducted with a group of six educators – seconded to teach teachers – outline their notions of professional development, the formal and less formal routes they take towards this endeavour, perceived outcomes as well as problems they encounter.

Findings indicate that teacher educators are involved not only in formal but also informal learning, both through and without interaction. Learning through interaction involves participation in seminars as well as informal conversations with colleagues, but not structured forms of peer learning. Learning without interaction resembles self-study and reflection, but not intentional experimentation with practices. These findings reflect the individualized character of educators’ professional development, while systemic opportunities for peer learning remain scarce.

The article discusses exploitation of professional development opportunities within teacher education institutions. In particular, the authors argue towards more systematic approaches for teacher educators’ professional development in the individual and collective domains.

Updated: Jul. 03, 2016