Section archive - Professional Development
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The current study examines teachers’ attitudes toward pedagogical changes. Teachers’ attitudes toward such changes are examined at different stages of their professional development. The participants were 520 teachers in primary schools, junior high schools, and high schools. Significant differences were found between teachers at different stages of their professional development.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012
The Promise of Older Novices: Teach For America Teachers’ Age of Entry and Subsequent Retention in Teaching and Schools
The primary purpose of this study is to examine whether older entrants to teaching are more likely than younger recruits to voluntarily remain in low-income schools and the teaching profession as a whole. The author found that older TFA entrants to teaching had a lower risk than did younger entrants of leaving low-income schools, the teaching profession, and broader school-based roles. The author further found that older entrants’ backgrounds differed from younger entrants. These findings suggest that older entrants to teaching may prove a promising source of teachers for low-income schools.
Updated: May. 28, 2012
How Context Matters in High-Need Schools: The Effects of Teachers’ Working Conditions on Their Professional Satisfaction and Their Students’ Achievement
In this article, the authors examine how working conditions predict both teachers’ job satisfaction and their career plans. The authors found that measures of the school environment explain away much of the apparent relationship between teacher satisfaction and student demographic characteristics. The conditions in which teachers work matter a great deal to them and, ultimately, to their students. Teachers are more satisfied and plan to stay longer in schools that have a positive work context, independent of the school’s student demographic characteristics.
Updated: May. 28, 2012
This research depicts different reform initiatives which were conducted in middle school at the fourth-largest urban center in the United States over the decade from 1999 to 2009. The study focuses on teachers’ experiences of three reform endeavors and how tensions in teacher knowledge and community developed as a consequence of each. The participants were Nineteen educators, including several main teacher participants as well as some supporting teacher and administrators.
Updated: May. 23, 2012
This article reports on the effectiveness of a programme designed to enhance aspects of teacher knowledge believed to contribute to successful teaching for numeracy in the middle years of schooling. Teacher profiling instruments and pupil surveys of their classes were administered at the beginning and end of the programme. This programme shows that progress can be made on pupils’ numeracy levels with a dedicated programme .
Updated: May. 22, 2012
In recent years, there has been an increasing trend for experienced primary teachers to undertake a degree qualification in New Zealand. This study was interested to examine the question ‘In what ways does the completion of a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree contribute to practicing primary teachers’ professional learning?’ Quantitative and Qualitative data were collected through questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews. 202 primary teachers responded to the questionnaire and eight teacher were interviewed. The teachers’ questionnaire and interview responses provided convincing evidence that they perceived that degree study had made a significant contribution to their professional learning.
Updated: May. 14, 2012
In this paper, the authors adopt a complexity theory framework to review the literature on teachers’ professional development practices, the generative systems of these practices, and the impact that learning experiences have on their knowledge and changes in classroom practices. The authors conclude that to understand teacher learning scholars must adopt methodological practices that focus on explanatory causality and the reciprocal influences of all three subsystems.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012
This paper uses knowledge integration framework to analyze studies on professional development in technology-enhanced science. The question of how professional development enhances teachers’ support for students’ inquiry science learning is the focus of the work. Findings suggest that professional development programs that engaged teachers in a comprehensive, constructivist-oriented learning process and were sustained beyond 1 year significantly improved students’ inquiry learning experiences in K–12 science classrooms.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2012
The current study reports the relationship of an undergraduate course in family and community relations to the teaching practices of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-year elementary and early childhood education graduates of a mid-sized Midwestern university. Quantitative measures indicated minimal differences between groups. Qualitatively, however, treatment group members reported engaging families in creative, less standardized levels of involvement than members of the control group.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2012
The purpose of this article is to address the issue of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) evaluation in education. The paper focuses on what are often called ‘level’ models for evaluating development and training. These models draw on an evaluation tradition which posits that programme design and implementation involve a series of inter-related components and the role of evaluation is to assess one or more of these components and the inter-relationships between them.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2012