ERIC Number: ED443848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-26
Seeking Significance: The Lived Experience of Teachers Using Personal Professional Development Plans.
Gibbs, Michael H.
This paper presents some early findings from an ongoing study of teachers involved in a self-directed professional development plan. The four teacher participants discussed their past and present experiences with the self-directed professional development approach. The reflections of these teachers on the professional development experience and their expression of their perceptions, along with the "hearing" of the researchers (school principal) serve as the interpretative mechanism through which the lived experience is derived. Two conversations with each teacher were taped and transcribed, and two group interviews were held. Themes that have emerged to date are: (1) the importance of lived space; (2) the "click" of places found; (3) ownership of teacher development; (4) experience of the "lived other"; (5) a sense of investment; and (6) the significance of the interaction between teacher and administrator. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).