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Supporting University Content Specialists in Providing Effective Professional Development: The Educative Role of Evaluation
This study examines formative evaluation recommendations that the authors made to four different professional development (PD) projects over three years. The results of this study show that formative feedback can impact PD design and implementation. The results of this study suggest that evaluation efforts can take on a new purpose – the PD of professional developers. The authors argue that as evaluators, they interpreted what they know about PD from the research and acted as conduits of empirical findings to the PD project teams. Hence, their recommendations reflected their own knowledge and beliefs about PD, which, as active teacher education researchers, were well rooted in the PD research literature.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018
Continuing Professional Development – Why Bother? Perceptions and Motivations of Teachers in Ireland
This article aims to focus on the motivating and inhibiting factors relating to teachers’ engagement with continuing professional development (CPD) and to analyse the data in relation to Herzberg et al.’s (1959) two-factor theory, as a means of drawing implications for the future provision of CPD in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The findings indicate that teachers’ intrinsic motivation to seek out their own CPD continues to apply to actually engaging in CPD. Teachers in this study expressed a preference both to seek out and to pursue CPD areas that they valued for their own personal reasons and in response to their own personal and/or professional needs. The findings demonstrate that intrinsic (personal) factors – namely career advancement, potential growth and achievement – were the chief catalysts in motivating teachers in this study to engage in CPD.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016
Professional Development for Professional Learners: Teachers’ Experiences in Norway, Germany and England
This article reports on the experiences of teachers who have had Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Europe. The findings of this study reveal, in all three countries, similar discrepancies between the activities in which these teachers engage and the value they place on individual professional development. In most cases, teachers interviewed in this study identified not just a huge variation in their experience of professional development. According to these teachers, their professional development would appear to be neither systematic nor particularly successful. Furthermore, accountability is checked by the sorts of appraisals mentioned by many of these teachers. In many cases these are based on targets and observations, which can be used to apply pressure on individuals to take part in staff development, or indeed be used by teachers as its justification.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2015
The purpose of the present study is to investigate the growth and development of a novice teacher participating in a Continuing professional development (CPD) project. Based on the findings of the current paper, the CPD project supports the professional development of a novice teacher in three areas. First, it helps develop teaching competencies. Second, it promotes positive socialization in organization and in the profession. Finally, it facilitates the development of one’s professional identity. This study illustrates the important challenges teacher educators face in finding new ways to create learning opportunities in teaching students and novice teachers. Such opportunities would be meaningful for teacher educators in their own professional development and growth.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2014
Beyond Induction: The Continuing Professional Development Needs of Early-Career Teachers in Scotland
This article describes a research project which explored the CPD needs and priorities of early-career teachers and the barriers to their participation in Scotland. The project employed a three-staged methodology: nominal group technique interviews with teachers in four local authorities; a national online survey; and a stakeholder consultation exercise. The analysis of data led to the development of six strategic recommendations. These recommendations related to issues such as the different needs and work in different contexts of year two to six teachers, the responsibility of local authorities and schools to support year two to six teachers, ect'.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2013
The current article provides an overview of the background and the processes at play in the current reshaping of teacher education in Scotland. The authors reviewed policy documents and reports regarding the teacher education system in Scotland. The article starts with the developments emanating in the past decade from the McCrone Report and finishes with the recent Donaldson Report. The article concludes that the teacher education system in Scotland has been strongly influenced by needing to connect with the two dominant existing policies relating, respectively, to teachers’ work and conditions and to curriculum reform.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2013
Collaborative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers in Scotland: Aspirations, Opportunities and Barriers
This article investigates stakeholders’ views on the desirability of collaborative continuing professional development (CPD) and examines potential barriers from a Scottish perspective. This article draws on two empirical projects which each investigates the perceptions of Scottish teachers regarding CPD. The research discussed in this article suggests that a greater balance of forms and purpose of CPD is desirable. However, the policy context within which Scottish teachers currently work focuses on an individualized, standards-based framework.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
This article describes Lebanese teachers’ views on Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The teachers expressed their views on what constitutes effective CPD, why this is needed and how this influences their practice. Findings showed that CPD in Lebanon focuses on workshops as coordinators conjecture, but there is no follow‐up for application of what is learned. Findings also indicate a need to have more structured and systematic CPD for all teachers with a focus on action research and mentoring.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
This paper attempts to unpack the complexity of teachers' professional knowledge construction in Assessment for Learning. The article presents a qualitative study of a school-based AfL Project which took place in a secondary school in Hong Kong.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011