ERIC Number: EJ1046623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Contribution of a Professional Development Programme to the Quality and Retention of Teachers in an Urban Environment
Gaikhorst, Lisa; Beishuizen, Jos J.; Zijlstra, Bonne J. H.; Volman, Monique L. L.
European Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n1 p41-57 2015
This study examined the effects of a professional development programme aimed at equipping teachers for the challenges of teaching in urban schools. The contribution of the programme to teacher quality and teacher retention was evaluated using a mixed research design in which both quantitative (N?=?133) and qualitative (N?=?42) approaches were used. The results showed a significant effect of the programme on teacher knowledge and self-efficacy. Furthermore, teachers greatly appreciated the programme and they perceived a positive impact on their competences, self-efficacy and professional orientation. The opportunity to share experiences within a network of teachers was considered the most valuable element of the programme.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Networks, Self Efficacy, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence, Program Evaluation, Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Quasiexperimental Design, Work Environment, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Content Analysis, Mastery Learning, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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