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ERIC Number: EJ947245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0887-8730
An Ongoing Professional Development Program and Its Impact on Teacher Effectiveness
Tournaki, Eleni; Lyublinskaya, Irina; Carolan, Brian
Teacher Educator, v46 n4 p299-315 2011
Professional development (PD) has been identified as a critical mechanism that helps teachers increase students' achievement. However, the content and form of this mechanism varies widely. This study examines an ongoing PD for school teachers, which has been explicitly founded on a set of guiding principles associated with quality professional development. The effects of participation in this program on three domains of teacher effectiveness, measured through classroom observations, are tested in a sample of 153 teachers. The domains of teacher effectiveness are planning and preparation, classroom environment, and instruction. Regression results indicate that participation in this program is significantly related to teachers' scores on instruction only. The implications of this finding indicate that high-quality professional development does not always address all domains of teaching. Other implications derived from the findings point to the need for professional development opportunities to be ongoing and highly focused on improving inquiry-based instruction. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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