Educational Design and Effectiveness

Teacher Professional Development

For the topic Teacher Professional Development the following literature should be studied: 
Timperley, H. (2008). 
Teacher professional learning and development. Education Practices Series 18.
Geneva, Switzerland: International Bureau of Education.

Link to the booklet of H. Timperley

This booklet synthesises the research on teacher professional learning and development that has been demonstrated to have a positive impact on valued student outcomes. Its findings relate to teachers who have received at least some initial teacher education and who are in the process of deepening their knowledge and refining their skills. The booklet should prove particularly useful to those who are involved in helping teachers develop the professional skills they need to teach challenging curricula to diverse students, including students who typically have not achieved well in some of our educational systems.

Veen, K. van, Zwart, R.C., & Meirink, J.A. (2011). What makes teacher professional development effective? A literature review. In M. Kooy & K. van Veen (Eds.),
Teacher learning that matters (pp. 3-21). New York: Routledge. 

This chapter aims to explore what is currently known about the effectiveness of teachers’ professional development (PD) programs or PD interventions on the quality of teachers, their teaching and student learning. PD activities refer to a wide range of activities in which teachers participate, such as information meetings, study days, 1-day workshops and training sessions; coaching and intervision; mentoring, classroom observations, participation in a network, offsite team training sessions, book and study clubs; and research projects. Most of the current PD activities can be characterized as traditional forms of PD. Traditional refers to the way PD was organized for the last decades: mainly through lectures, 1-day workshops, seminars and conferences, which were not situated at the workplace, in which teachers played a passive role, and in which the content was not adjusted to the problems and issues in the daily teaching practice. Innovative forms refer to all those interventions in which teachers do play an active role, and the issues in their own teaching practice determine the content. Some examples are collaboration of colleagues, study and book clubs, mentoring, coaching, intervision and research by teachers. It also includes the discourse on professional learning communities in which the emphasis is on the collective responsibility of teachers for the learning of their students and insights on teaching and PD.

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