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ERIC Number: EJ834143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
A Tension for Spanish Teachers' Professional Development: "Skills to Carry out Your Job" or Continuing "...Personal Cultural Knowledge and Attributes"?
Berniz, Katerin
International Education Journal, v8 n2 p27-36 Nov 2007
This article is a critical reflection on a study of the views of Spanish teachers in South Australian schools about their professional development (PD) needs and experiences. Officials responsible for designing Spanish specific PD were interviewed. Sixteen teachers were randomly selected from private, public, country and metropolitan middle schools and were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire with an open-ended response format. Non-native and native Spanish speaking participants formed the cohort. The findings of the study revealed that within-system weaknesses and individual-identified locus of control, were barriers to Spanish teachers' PD and growth. Tensions existed between teachers and officials' expectations of PD which influenced participants' views of PD and achievable outcomes. The findings suggest participatory strategic negotiations are required if both parties are to improve the perceptions of the value of PD provisions and outcomes. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia