Section archive - Professional Development
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More than A Shortage of Early Childhood Teachers: Looking Beyond The Recruitment of University Qualified Teachers to Promote Quality Early Childhood Education and Care
In Australia and internationally, government policies aim to increase the supply of early childhood teachers and thus improve the quality of early childhood education and care services. In this article, the authors suggest that such a policy-quality trajectory in Australia is not as straightforward as policy discourses suggest.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009
District Professional Development Models As A Way to Introduce Primary-School Teachers to Natural Science Curriculum Reforms in One District in South Africa
The article reports on a study that examined whether district continued professional development (CPD) sufficiently prepared teachers for their classroom practice. Analysis of CPD models used with primary-school natural science teachers in a district in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa was conducted. Findings indicated that the district CPD models used with the teachers created several challenges that negatively impacted on the success of the new curriculum reforms.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2009
Improving Impact Studies of Teachers’ Professional Development: Toward Better Conceptualizations and Measures
The author suggests to apply recent research knowledge to improve the conceptualization, measures, and methodology for studying the effects of teachers’ professional development on teachers and students. She makes the case that there is a research consensus to support the use of a set of core features and a common conceptual framework in professional development impact studies.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2009
The article maps out key features of self-study in teaching and teacher development, particularly in relation to social action. The authors have become increasingly interested in how self-reflexivity in teaching and teacher development can illuminate social and educational challenges that have resonance beyond the self and can inspire context-specific, practitioner-led responses to those challenges. The examples that they use point to the potential for ministries and faculties of education to support self-study initiatives as an approach to social action and community development.
Updated: May. 14, 2009
In this study, the author examines the outcomes of the use of a project-based online Professional development (PD) approach with in-service teachers of K-12 students with disabilities. The findings from the qualitative study indicate that each of the four student participants improved in the area of performance that was targeted by the teachers' PD.
Updated: May. 13, 2009
This study examined the experiences of 18 specialist primary and secondary teachers in the Teachers’ International Professional Development Program who visited schools in the USA as they set about establishing collaborative projects with their hosts. The focus was on the potential of such collaboration to engender professional development outcomes and to examine the circumstances enabling or impeding success. A surprising finding was the small number of teachers who managed to start a collaborative project.
Updated: May. 04, 2009
The paper illustrates the University of Florida's efforts to understand the ways that prospective teacher education can be linked to individual school improvement efforts. It explains how teacher educators and their school-based partners collaboratively craft their professional development school work with prospective and practicing teachers to target school improvement and teacher learning. The authors illustrate four models for engaging in inquiry-oriented school improvement and outline the factors that underlie their design.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2009
A Longitudinal Study of Effects of A Developmental Teacher Preparation Program on Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematics Beliefs
This is a longitudinal, mixed methods study. It presents a thorough examination of the effects of a distinctive teacher preparation program on important constructs related to prospective teacher preparedness to teach mathematics for understanding, including mathematics pedagogical and teaching efficacy beliefs, mathematics anxiety, and specialized content knowledge for teaching mathematics. The results indicate that the programmatic features experienced by the prospective teachers in this study, including a developmental two-course mathematics methods sequence and coordinated developmental field placements, provided a context supporting teacher change.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
The Effect of Curriculum, Coaching, and Professional Development on Prekindergarten Children's Literacy Achievement
The study empirically assessed one community's efforts to close the literacy's gap between its advantaged and disadvantaged children. Over a 3-year period, a grassroots venture consisting of business, university and public school personnel provided teachers in 22 California state preschool classrooms with a literacy-rich curriculum. They also provided the teachers with weekly support from a literacy coach and professional development on early literacy acquisition and instruction.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
Using Activity Systems Analysis to Identify Inner Contradictions in Teacher Professional Development
This study took place in the United States and explored teacher perspectives on the situational factors that influence their professional development. The study used Engeström's (1987) approach of four levels of inner contradictions in activity systems analysis.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2009