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ERIC Number: EJ1069172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Motivation as Critical Factor for Teacher Development in Contextually Challenging Underperforming Schools in South Africa
Heystek, Jan; Terhoven, René
Professional Development in Education, v41 n4 p624-639 2015
There is considerable interest in teacher development at present. This is especially so at underperforming schools, where teacher development is seen as an essential ingredient in transforming these schools into performing schools. Since many teachers at these schools might be reluctant to participate in development activities, it is important to identify the factors that might motivate them to do so. This article first surveys the literature on aspects of motivation, professional development and adult learning principles in relation to contextual factors that affect underperforming schools and various motivation theories. The article then reports on a qualitative study that was used to explore the factors that motivate teachers to participate in development activities. These are related to theories of motivation as well as principles of adult learning. The underlying assumption is that a greater understanding of these factors could help development programme designers devise ways of encouraging teachers at underperforming schools to participate in professional development activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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