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This study explores human resource (HR) practitioners’ understandings of professional development as a form of capital for job progress. The findings of HR practitioners have implications for educationalists in revealing how professional learning supports practitioners’ growth in capability and self-efficacy of benefit to the individual, organisation and society. Educators need to articulate the longer-term effects of nurturing capacities for collective practice and greater self-knowledge, to contribute to societal interests.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2017
Promoting Effective Teacher-Feedback: From Theory to Practice through a Multiple Component Trajectory for Professional Development
This study presents an evaluation of a theory-based trajectory for professional development called FeTiP (FeedbackTheory into Practice). It aims to have an observable effect on teacher classroom behavior. The authors describe the effects of FeTiP on the feedback behavior of teachers and attempt to explain why these effects occurred. The findings reveal that teachers showed significant progress in the frequency of the feedback they provided after following FeTiP. In the post-tests, they also provided significantly more specific feedback, and their ratio of positive and negative feedback increased. The authors found no differences for age, gender, or experience in the total frequency of feedback, specific feedback, and the ratio of positive and negative feedback at the pre-test condition.
Updated: Sep. 13, 2017
The Resourceful Facilitator: Teacher Leaders Constructing Identities as Facilitators of Teacher Peer Groups
Drawing on a qualitative study of facilitation of teacher peer groups, this paper investigates how teacher leaders integrate experiences from different domains of life in constructing a unique facilitator identity. Focusing on portraits of three teacher leaders, it demonstrates how teachers relate experiences outside of teaching, including academic experiences, other professional experiences, and social experiences, to the skills and orientation necessary for effective facilitation.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2017
The present paper focuses on moral authorship as an element of the professional development of novice teachers in the Netherlands. Moral authorship refers to the ability of teachers to observe, identify, verbalize and reflect on the moral aspects of their work in a proactive and dialogical manner. The findings reveal the opportunities of moral authorship to support, navigate, and reinforce the professional development of novice teachers.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2017
The purpose of this article was to present important findings about teacher learning as a fundament for thinking about professional development of preservice and inservice teachers. The author argues that much of a teacher’s behaviour is unconsciously guided by three dimensions (the cognitive, affective and motivational dimensions), and that teacher learning takes place at various levels.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2017
Construction of Professional Knowledge of Teaching: Collaboration between Experienced Primary School Teachers and University Teachers through an Online Mentoring Programme
This article presents a research and intervention methodology developed in an online continuing teacher education programme. In particular, this article analyses the mentors' professional development processes and the contributions to professional development of their participation in the research group responsible for Online Mentoring Programme (OMP). This programme collaborative research involved an articulated dialogue between researchers and teachers aimed at constructing new knowledge and searching for solutions to concrete practical everyday problems of the OMP. The data revealed that the mentors, in collaboration with the researchers, have been able to critically examine their work with the novice teachers, to develop, implement and evaluate interventions. This collaboration allow the mentors to promote both their own and the novice teachers’ teacher development and construction of new knowledge.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2017
Cultivating a Teacher Community of Practice for Sustainable Professional Development: Beyond Planned Efforts
This article reports a series of planned efforts on cultivating a group of teachers of English as a second language (ESL) into a community of practice (CoP) for sustainable professional development over a period of 10 months. This case study shows that planned efforts enabled teachers from different backgrounds to learn and develop as a professional and as a CoP. This community could be developed through different stages. The authors learn that sensitivity, honesty, self-awareness, and individual commitment of the participating teachers helped resolve tensions and dissonances arising out of different teaching approaches.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2017
How Do Professional Learning Communities Aid and Hamper Professional Learning of Beginning Teachers Related to Differentiated Instruction?
This study explores how professional learning communities (PLCs) can enhance beginning teachers’ professional learning in differentiated instruction (DI). Furthermore, it examines how structural and cultural school conditions foster the development of PLCs in the schools’ organization. A comparative analysis was carried out in three schools with high (case A), medium (case B), and low (case C) levels of beginning teachers’ professional learning in DI.The analysis indicated that the three cases could be situated at different stages of PLC development. The authors can situate case C in the ‘beginning stage’, case B can be allocated to the ‘evolving stage’, and case A can be assigned to the ‘mature stage’. Furthermore, the authors found that organizational structures and cultural school conditionsin these three cases were related to different stages of developing PLC.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017
Working with Practicing Teachers in a High-Stakes Teaching Context to Rethink their Pedagogical Practices with Children of Diverse Backgrounds
This article examined a professional development course within a large urban school district for preKindergarten and Kindergarten teachers. In the course, the teachers were asked to reconceptualize their pedagogical practices with their students and engage in learning activities in their classrooms that attended to the children’s sociocultural worlds.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017
This study aims to examine in-service teachers’ readiness for using differentiated instruction (DI) strategies and perceived challenges in its implementation. The results indicate that teachers generally held positive attitudes towards the use of differentiated strategies. However, there seemingly is still a struggling paradigm shift from teacher-centred to learner-centred curriculum in the Confucius heritage classrooms whilst teachers facing a range of obstacles that hampered DI practice.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2017