ERIC Number: ED444969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Another Damn Thing We've Got To Do: Teacher Perceptions of Professional Development.
This study examined the attitudes of middle and high school teachers and administrators about one unsuccessful professional development session. Participant interviews asked: What is a typical day like for you, from when you get up until when you retire? What are your memories of the presentation? Where do you think the hostility at the session came from? What does the professional developer need to know to understand what it is like to teach in your school/department/district? What are other professional development sessions like that you have attended? and How might professional development be structured to be most useful to you? Results highlighted five themes: a history of interpersonal conflict with other teachers; a historical belief that professional development is impractical; feeling overwhelmed by tasks teachers must complete; resentment about top-down decision making in the district; and anxiety about changes occurring in schools. Results were used to reshape the approach to professional development, with sessions only conducted in districts where teachers have real choices and can help guide the direction of professional development. Results provide evidence that conducting pre-workshop interviews with participants is an essential factor in improving the culture of workshops. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
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).