ERIC Number: ED468485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
The Importance of Setting Teacher Learning Goals To Investigate the Effectiveness of Teacher Professional Development.
Professional development activities are learning environments for teachers just as classroom activities are a learning environment for students. Research on effective teaching is guided by learning goals for students and how these goals can best be achieved. It follows that research on effective professional development should be guided by the learning goals for teachers and how these goals can best be achieved. This paper argues that systematic data documenting effective teacher learning environments have not accumulated because what it means to become an effective teacher has not been made sufficiently clear. Obstacles that have discouraged the development of learning goals for teachers are also discussed. Once teachers learning goals are made explicit, the types of learning environments that encourage the achievement of those goals could be investigated systematically. (Contains 1 table and 64 references.) (Author/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 1-5, 2002).