Professional Development (341 items)To section archive
This article addresses a growing need to attend to the way teacher professional development (TPD) is enacted in today’s schools. The authors argue that that the physical presence of students is the missing variable in the majority of TPD efforts. In this article, they present a framework for administrators, teacher leaders, and teachers to either evaluate or initiate TPD in relation to levels of physical student presence.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2018
Professional Development for Scaling Pedagogical Innovation in the Context of Game-Based Learning: Teacher Identity as Cornerstone in Shifting” Practice
This study examined how teacher professional development could be conceived and conducted to support take up of digital game-based learning in the context of a 3-week social studies unit on governance and citizenship. The findings indicate that preparing teachers to appropriate curricula innovations involves deeply personal transformations that intersect with the core of their professional identity. The teachers, who play the game, face dilemmas and conflicts in making professional and personal decisions. This study suggests that teacher professional development through reflective, reflexive guided appropriation is vital.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018
This article aimed to examine the factors that influenced the decision for three researchers to make the move from primary teaching to higher education. The authors identified three common, key themes leading to the participants’ career change: exploration and reinvention, key figures and lifelong learners. The results suggest that the participants felt a sufficient degree of competence to pursue a career as a teacher educator within higher education and so made the decision to apply for a position.
Updated: May. 22, 2018
Improvisation and Teacher Expertise: Implications for the Professional Development of Outstanding Teachers
The purpose of this study aimed to gain an understanding of teachers' expertise. It also aimed to determine the extent to which improvisation was a facet of advanced professional practice. The findings reveal that teacher’s expertise is best expressed as continually evolving practice. The participants argued that advanced practitioners use their expertise to adapt and to interact with their pupils in order to create the conditions in which learning can, and does, take place. The findings also showed that teacher expertise is seen as fundamentally improvisatory through being socially constructed and that this has a positive impact on the quality of teaching. The author found that the primary concern of the teachers was to develop relationships with pupils in order to maximise interaction in the classroom.
Updated: May. 22, 2018