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ERIC Number: EJ821139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1367-4587
Learning about Teacher Professional Learning: Case Studies of Schools at Work in New South Wales
McCulla, Norman; Gereige-Hinson, Josephine
Journal of In-service Education, v31 n4 p711-731 Dec 2005
The extent of the human and financial resources that teachers have access to for their professional development, and the extent to which they have the capacity to determine when, how and with whom learning takes place, are key factors in determining the quality of professional learning that results. The New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), as an Australian state education system, is the largest employer of teachers in the southern hemisphere. In 2004 it introduced a 4-year, $144 million program supporting teacher professional learning, and a new policy framework for the area in response to needs identified by teachers and research. This article identifies some of the issues to be resolved in establishing policy frameworks for professional learning. It tells the stories of how schools in a variety of locations throughout the state are going about interpreting the new policy framework, the changes it is making to their practice and the implications that are seen for the immediate future of their professional learning programs. It identifies some of the implications for further research that arise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia