ERIC Number: EJ1052693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
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Reference Count: 106
Professional Development and Teacher Change: The Missing Leadership Link
Whitworth, Brooke A.; Chiu, Jennifer L.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v26 n2 p121-137 Mar 2015
Professional development in science education aims to support teacher learning with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. A multitude of factors influence teacher change and the effectiveness of professional development. This review of the literature explores these factors and identifies school and district science leaders as a critical factor missing from current professional development models. School and district leaders play a significant role in the planning and implementation of professional development, as well as providing ongoing leadership to support teacher change. Considering this role, school district leaders are not just a contextual factor, but rather an integral part of the process and should be integrated into and considered part of any professional development model in science education.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Science Achievement, Teacher Improvement, Literature Reviews, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Planning, School Districts, Administrator Role
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