Section archive - Professional Development
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This paper applies the researcher’s core concept, the zone of proximal development to teacher education. The resulting model for educating teaching candidates within zones of proximal teacher development synthesizes findings from Vygotskyan research into Western models of teacher education. The article recognizes and addresses the powerful influence of prior learning experiences and local teaching practices on candidates’ development.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2011
Professional Development across the Teaching Career: Teachers’ Uptake of Formal and Informal Learning Opportunities
The goal of this study was to investigate teachers’ uptake of different learning opportunities from the beginning to the end of the teaching career. The authors focused on in-service training as an example of formal learning opportunities and on teacher collaboration and the use of professional literature as two examples of informal learning opportunities. Results showed that formal learning opportunities (in-service training) were used most frequently by mid-career teachers, whereas informal learning opportunities showed distinct patterns across the teaching career.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2011
In describing state policy environments along several dimensions, the authors examine which types of policies are more or less influential in moving teachers into the types of professional development that research has shown to be most effective for improved teaching and learning. The authors conclude that both state- and school-level policy environments are associated with teachers taking high-quality professional development, but these findings are most pronounced in high-stakes subject areas.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2011
The current evaluation study investigated the results of a professional development initiative for subject specialist teachers seconded to a leadership role in their curriculum areas. The authors used a mixed method approach utilised both quantitative and qualitative data to investigate understandings of the pilot programme from three perspectives: (a) the Senior Subject Adviser ; (b) the managers of the School Support Services hosting the Senior Subject Adviser in their regions; and (c) the teachers whom Senior Subject Adviser supported.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2011
Trajectories of Teacher Identity Development Across Institutional Contexts: Constructing a Narrative Approach
In this study, the authors explore the question, How can teacher educators make informed, responsible, and compassionate decisions about intern identity development? To do so, the authors offer narrative accounts of three secondary teacher candidates moving along identity trajectories with varying degrees and types of difficulty. This narrative approach can help teacher educators understand teacher candidates’ identity development as they move through the complex terrain of teacher preparation, anticipate issues that may arise, and better support teacher candidates on this journey.
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
Teacher Learning in an Era of High-Stakes Accountability: Productive Tension and Critical Professional Practice
This study draws on social learning and activity theories to examine the specific factors that support equity-minded teachers to navigate accountability-driven language arts reforms. Furthermore, the study examines the specific barriers that might hinder teachers from serving marginalized students—particularly English Learners—in an era of accountability, and how particular contextual factors mediate teachers’ responses to accountability pressures. Findings underscore the importance of balanced leadership in an era of high- stakes accountability, particularly as it relates to teacher professionalism, learning, and agency.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2011
This article describes a review of publications in Teaching and Teacher Education over ten years (2000–2010) on teacher professional development. The article concludes that what underlies the thematic emphasis of the studies reviewed is a recognition that teacher learning and development is a complex process. This process brings together a host of different elements and is marked by an equally important set of factors. But also, that at the center of the process, teachers continue to be both the subjects and objects of learning and development.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
In this article, the authors inquire into two novice teachers’ perspectives on teaching in rural schools in the southeastern United States. Drawing on narrative portraiture, the authors see these teachers' personal and professional identities and relationships existing synergistically with one another.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
This study examines English teachers’ risk for attrition. Specifically, the purpose of this study was to identify variables representing teacher characteristics, teaching conditions, self-efficacy, perceived support, and salary that most influence English teachers’ risk for attrition when all other known factors are taken into consideration. The findings reveal that 5 variables emerged as statically significant predictors of secondary English teachers’ likelihood of being classified as either a low or high attrition risk: (1) Status as a Minority Teacher, (2) Teaching Experience, (3) Teacher Apathy, (4) Perceived Peer Support, and (5) Administrative Support
Updated: Sep. 25, 2011
Acknowledging the Complexity and Diversity of Historical and Cultural ICT Professional Learning Practices in Schools
The current article presents case study data, drawing attention to the diverse ways in which individual schools approach teacher learning and providing a stimulus for educational leaders to reflect upon how the histories and cultures within their own schools may enable or constrain change in relation to ICT use. This article argues that a focus on the complex, nuanced, social dynamic of ICT professional learning within the whole-school context is critical in supporting change surrounding ICT integration.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011