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ERIC Number: EJ817949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Experimenting with Teacher Professional Development: Motives and Methods
Wayne, Andrew J.; Yoon, Kwang Suk; Zhu, Pei; Cronen, Stephanie; Garet, Michael S.
Educational Researcher, v37 n8 p469-479 2008
A strong base of research is needed to guide investments in teacher professional development (PD). This article considers the status of research on PD and articulates a particular direction for future work. Little is known about whether PD can have a positive impact on achievement when a program is delivered across a range of typical settings and when its delivery depends on multiple trainers. Despite a consensus in the literature on the features of effective PD, there is limited evidence on the specific features that make a difference for achievement. This article explains the benefits offered by experiments in addressing current research needs and--for those conducting and interpreting such studies--discusses the unique methodological issues encountered when experimental methods are applied to the study of PD. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED565615