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ERIC Number: ED400589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Which Provides an Icing on the Pedagogical Cake.
Gardner, Jenny
Because the quality of teachers determines the quality of the school system, teachers must be provided with high-caliber inservice programs. During the 1980s, responsibility for the provision of professional development in Australia shifted to local schools. Under the current National Professional Development Program (NPDP), the Australian Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) provided funding over a 3-year period (1994-96) to enhance professional development activities for teaching staff in Australian schools. This paper presents findings of a study that evaluated a commercially provided inservice program, "Teaching for Effective Learning." The study examined the program's impact on teacher practices in classrooms and identified factors that influenced the transfer of skills and knowledge learned in the workshops. Data on three groups of teachers were gathered through document analysis, interviews, observation, a questionnaire, and a review of teacher journals. A conclusion is that an inservice program will not bring about change on its own. Success was affected by practical and adaptable content (which teachers could adapt to their classrooms), interpersonal relationships, and use of a language to describe their practices. Barriers to success included lack of clear documentation and inattention to the change process within the workshops. The major obstacle to vertical transfer was the lack of clear articulation of support from senior staff in schools and minimal principal commitment. Despite devolution of management to schools, little had changed in terms of responsibility for ensuring that implementation occurred. It is recommended that more funds be allocated to the implementation process. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia