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ERIC Number: EJ854775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Using Activity Systems Analysis to Identify Inner Contradictions in Teacher Professional Development
Yamagata-Lynch, Lisa C.; Haudenschild, Michael T.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v25 n3 p507-517 Apr 2009
This study took place in the United States and explored teacher perspectives on the situational factors that influence their professional development using Engestrom's (Engestrom, Y. (1987). "Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research". Helsinki: Orienta-Konsultit Oy) four levels of inner contradictions in activity systems analysis. In this process, we addressed the question: what do teachers perceive as sources of conflicts in their professional development? Semi-structured interviews with participants were the primary data source in this study. By using this analysis method, the findings indicated that teachers perceived that their motivation and goals for participating in professional development were not in alignment with their school district and universities that designed and facilitated professional development activities. This misalignment contributed to various situational challenges that became obstacles for teachers to improve their classroom practices through curricular-based interventions. (Contains 2 tables and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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