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ERIC Number: ED538826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-20
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Professional Development. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
According to the literature, the purpose of professional development is to improve student learning. It was noted that there appeared to be a direct correlation between the depth of the teacher's content knowledge, methodologies, student-teacher relationships, and reflection, that when applied to an improvement in practices, positively affected student learning. There was ample research that found that the traditional "one size fits all, top down" model of providing training for staff after school, on Saturdays, and in the summer has not appeared to greatly improve student learning, yet often continues to be implemented because of organizational and financial constraints. The literature strongly supported the system that is utilized in Asia and Europe where professional development is part of the teacher's day. It was recommended that a strong staff development program have a balance of meeting together as a staff for district and school needs and building in time in the teachers' day so that they may work collegially with peers, contact others through emails and electronic bulletin boards and participate in video conferencing. (Contains 7 online resources and 1 resource.)
Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Location: Asia; United States