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In this article, the authors assert that professional development (PD) projects have an orientation that guides the design and implementation of the entire project; a construct that the authors term “PD Project Orientation”. The aim of this study was to validate the existence of this new construct. Using various data sources from nine PD projects, the authors generated and characterized five PD project orientations. This study has implications for those designing and implementing PD for science teachers, as well as PD evaluators.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
This exploratory feasibility study assesses a mindfulness program in a fifth-grade classroom. The goal of the study was to help children understand and access their own mindfulness within the classroom setting without instruction by teachers and without using meditation techniques. Participants were 24 children of low socioeconomic status (SES) from urban areas in Fairfield County, Connecticut, who attended a summer program. The mindfulness program was feasible, and overall improvements in attention were evident.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
The aim of the study was to describe students' and teacher educators' practical experience with action research and to identify a number of special points for consideration (opportunities and limitations) which could play a role in putting research into practice in concrete terms in the courses. Students and teacher educators on three Dutch initial teacher education programmes which treat action research as both a means of professional development and a necessary professional qualification were involved. These were programmes for specific teaching levels and subjects in Dutch schools.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2008