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ERIC Number: EJ951277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
Approaches to Professional Development Schools
Neapolitan, Jane E.; Levine, Marsha
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v110 n2 p306-324 2011
Various approaches to the professional development school (PDS)--each designed for its respective audience, mission, and purpose for engagement--have shaped the professional development school effort during the past 25 years. Central to these approaches is improving teacher quality in the service of student learning. This provides direction for developing relationships between professional preparation programs and schools. In this article, the authors build on the discussion of the history, trends, and issues of the PDS effort described in Chapter 1 (Rutter, 2011) while examining the approaches for PDS implementation set forth by organizations that have had a major influence on PDS development. Although numerous local, state, and regional networks exist for supporting the implementation of PDS, the authors' examination involves those organizations whose guidelines have been widely disseminated and put into practice. A specific example of how PDS standards were adapted and implemented is the state of Maryland. Through this examination, the authors analyze the context, audience, purpose, and approach of each organization to the four functions of PDS--teacher preparation, professional development, inquiry and research, and student learning. Their intent is to discuss the impacts of these efforts and how they may affect future efforts for creating and sustaining professional development schools. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Georgia; Louisiana; Maryland; West Virginia