Section archive - Professional Development
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The authors examined the degree to which ongoing professional development (PD) for school teachers is associated with more effective teaching practices as measured through teachers’ behaviors in the classroom. The effects of participation in this program on three domains of teacher effectiveness, measured through classroom observations. The domains of teacher effectiveness are planning and preparation, classroom environment, and instruction. The implications of this study indicate that high-quality professional development does not always address all domains of teaching.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2013
The Impact of Professional Development: A Theoretical Model for Empirical Research, Evaluation, Planning and Conducting Training and Development Programmes
In this article, the author presents several international trends regarding the provider, the participants, the aims the contents and the methods that found in professional development programmes. In conclusion, the author suggests several recommendations to progress matters and links made with school and leadership effectiveness issues.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2013
Linking Student Achievement Growth to Professional Development Participation and Changes in Instruction: A Longitudinal Study of Elementary Students and Teachers in Title I Schools
This study examines relationships between teachers’ participation in professional development and changes in instruction, and between instruction and student achievement growth, from third to fifth grade. The findings reveal that when teachers participated in professional development that focused on math content or instructional strategies in mathematics, they were more likely to teach in ways associated with student achievement growth.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2013
A national professional development (PD) framework was developed for the implementation of science standards published by the Israeli Ministry of Education, which was activated before introduction of the standards into the classroom. This research examines the contribution of PD and instruction to the implementation of science standards and whether seniority in teaching together with PD assisted in the implementation. The findings reveal that seniority in teaching helped in implementation, even though veteran teachers usually find it more difficult to accept change.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
Professional Development That Works: Shifting Preschool Teachers' Beliefs and Use of Instructional Strategies to Promote Children's Peer Social Competence
The author examined the effectiveness of a professional development (PD) experience on preschool teachers' instructional strategy development. The preschool teachers were guided to design the specific contents of the PD workshops and were offered an on-site facilitation opportunity, delineating teacher-driven and job-embedded approaches, respectively. Findings suggest that teacher-driven PD workshops significantly increased teachers' perceived feasibility of implementing instructional strategies, and their actual use of those strategies was significantly influenced by job-embedded facilitations.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
Reducing Discrepancies between Teachers’ Espoused Theories and Theories-In-Use: An Action Research Model of Reflective Professional Development
The author reports on an action research project in which two New Zealand classroom teachers worked with a university researcher. The participants were interested to investigate the effects of their knowledge, thinking, and beliefs on the ways in which they mediated students’ learning in teacher–student interactions.
Updated: May. 27, 2013
Science Faculty Belief Systems in a Professional Development Program: Inquiry in College Laboratories
The goal of this study was to investigate how science faculty members’ belief systems about inquiry-based teaching changed through their experience in a professional development program. The program was designed to support early career science faculty in learning about inquiry and incorporating an inquiry-based approach to teaching laboratories. Participants who were internally motivated to participate and held incoming positive attitudes toward the mini-journal inquiry-based approach were more likely to incorporate the approach in their future practice. Students’ responses played a critical role in participants’ belief systems and their decision to continue using the inquiry-based format.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2013
Teachers’ Perspectives on the Effectiveness of a Locally Planned Professional Development Program for Implementing New Curriculum
This research project examined how elementary teachers in one Canadian school district were handling implementation of a new social studies curriculum over the 2009–10 school year, three to five years after they experienced a formal district-level program of professional development. The findings suggest that effective professional development needs to be based on teachers’ needs; involve active learning, collaboration and modeling; be supported by a culture of learning in schools; and considerate of teacher resistance to change.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2013
The authors present evidence to demonstrate how school-based technology-enhanced support systems impact on classroom practice and help teachers’ professional development. The authors conclude that school-based teachers’ professional development through technology-enhanced learning is contributing significantly to in-service training in a resource-constrained context.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2013
This case study examined the experiences of a group of high school science teachers participating in a unique professional development method involving an argue-to-learn intervention. Findings indicate that participant groups were more likely to use the Web to find unique evidence than to they were to use the provided materials.
Updated: Apr. 23, 2013