ERIC Number: ED442994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Vocational Teacher Professional Development. Practice Application Brief No. 11.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Teacher shortages, new technologies, and vocational certification demands are directing attention to the need for professional development of vocational education (VE) teachers. VE teachers can use various strategies to enhance their performance and effectiveness through professional development. Worksite experiences give VE teachers opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge of the workplace and observe ways workers are integrating knowledge, concepts, and skills from diverse disciplines to solve the complex problems of their industry. Ways for VE teachers to gain workplace experience include internships, tours and other types of short-term visits, and externships. Another professional development strategy available to VE teachers is linking with colleagues to discuss the trials and challenges of teaching and to share instructional strategies. Professional development schools, centers, and leadership academies sponsored by local businesses and school systems offer programs to help educators develop skills that are congruent with the workplace's changing practices. A third professional development strategy for VE teachers is participating in workshops and conferences that include not only presentation of information and theory but also time for demonstration, practice, feedback, and follow-up. VE teachers can also further their professional development by enrolling in programs for technology skill development that integrate technology with other subject areas. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Conferences, Coordination, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Linking Agents, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Experience
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.