ERIC Number: ED367633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Getting Together on the Pupil Free Day: A System Wide Response to Teachers' Professional Development Needs.
The Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Parramatta in New South Wales (Australia) sponsored a large scale professional development program to help its secondary teachers deal with recent curriculum developments. Principals of the 24 diocesan secondary schools were allowed to choose whether their school would participate in the systemwide program, and all chose to do so. Teachers selected a pupil free staff development day to hold the large-scale professional development program. The program was designed to reinforce the notion of the Key Learning Area (KLA) as the basis for curriculum organization. Twelve different programs were conducted, for approximately, 1,250 teachers. Each program was planned and implemented by school-based personnel, with the Catholic Education Office providing general direction, necessary resources, and overall coordination. The program was characterized by two factors identified by M. Fullan as important in realizing curriculum change--a strong sense of determination to realize the KLA objectives, and well-developed support frameworks in the areas of curriculum and professional development. Evaluation by organizers, participants, and principals indicated that the professional development program was a success. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (Ballina, New South Wales, Australia, 1992).