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ERIC Number: EJ833261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Growing Teachers: Some Important Principles for Professional Development
Wassermann, Selma
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n7 p485-489 Mar 2009
It is 40-plus years since the upstart Professional Development Program was initiated at Simon Fraser University. Among its many audacious innovations, the program offered opportunities for practicing teachers to play leading roles in the professional development of student teachers. Seconded (temporarily released) to the university for two-year terms, these "faculty associates" not only supervised student teaching, but also were given responsibilities for directing, organizing, and implementing teaching seminars for students on campus. The program has become one of the most highly regarded teacher education programs in Canada. Based on observations of the program and on teachers' responses, certain principles may be extracted that might serve others in preparing and organizing professional development experiences. This article discusses these principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada