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Lillejord, Sølvi; Børte, Kristin – Professional Development in Education, 2020
The article draws on a policy experiment, intended to develop guidelines and recommendations for teacher evaluation. A systematic review, used in the experiment, revealed that teacher evaluation fails to fulfill its formative intention, and is reduced to summative technicalities when systems violate acknowledged principles from evaluation…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation
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Dobson, Tom; Stephenson, Lisa – Professional Development in Education, 2020
This paper focuses on the professional development of primary school teachers using drama to develop creative writing across the curriculum. Sponsored by the United Kingdom Literacy Association, the two-term project involved four teachers working with theatre educators to use process drama. The collaborative approach was supported by learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Drama
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Li, Yue; Krasny, Marianne E. – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Professional development programs provide an opportunity for environmental educators to develop networks to exchange ideas and practices in professional learning communities. This study investigated how diverse educators develop professional networks for exchanging information through online and face-to-face professional development activities. We…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Environmental Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Collaboration
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Tai, Mei Kin; Abdull Kareem, Omar – Professional Development in Education, 2020
The main aim of the study was to examine whether headteachers in Malaysian primary schools were equipped with the relevant competencies to execute school change, in the light of increasing demands for educational excellence and ensuing school reforms. A comparison was made between the National School (NS) and National-Type Chinese School (NTCS).…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Effectiveness, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries
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Doyle, Jacqueline; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip – Professional Development in Education, 2020
This national study of 1858 teachers participating in professional development(PD) summer programs in the United States encompasses a wide range of science subjects and grades. It was conducted to identify program features associated with increases in two types of teacher knowledge that are goals for most professional development programs: teacher…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Professional Development, Knowledge Level, Summer Programs
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Wexler, Lindsay Joseph – Professional Development in Education, 2020
This study investigates the role of educative mentors as two novices learn to teach, following them from their yearlong student teaching (2015-2016) through their first-year teaching (2016-2017). During student teaching, each novice was paired with a mentor teacher who received preparation and support to engage in educative mentoring practices.…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Role, Beginning Teachers, Student Teachers
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Helleve, Ingrid; Grov Almås, Aslaug; Bjørkelo, Brita – Professional Development in Education, 2020
The aim of this Norwegian study is to focus on challenges and possibilities concerning professional digital competence (PDC) for teacher education encountering students in transition between the position as private and professionals. Students need to gain a self-understanding of who they are and how to react in a profession where there few correct…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Foreign Countries, Ethics
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Nochumson, Talia C. – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Teachers' use of online social networking to support their learning may have important implications for classroom teaching practices. This mixed methods study investigated how elementary schoolteachers used Twitter professionally. Teachers described what they learned from Twitter and how they applied their new learning to their teaching.…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Faculty Development
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Stark, Hannah L.; Eadie, Patricia A.; Snow, Pamela C.; Goldfeld, Sharon R. – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Teachers in the early years of primary school play an important role in supporting students' oral language skills; however, there is evidence to suggest many Australian teachers are not adequately prepared to provide systematic, evidence-based instruction in oral language and early literacy. The aim of this study was to describe the observed and…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Kindergarten
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Pillay, Venitha – Professional Development in Education, 2020
This article is empirically embedded in data collected from a professional development programme titled "Jika iMfundo," aimed at changing teacher's classroom practice. "Jika iMfundo" means 'to turn education around' in isiZulu, a South African language that is widely spoken in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The programme was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development
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Goode, Joanna; Johnson, Stephany Runninghawk; Sundstrom, Krystal – Professional Development in Education, 2020
As new efforts seek to expand computer science education across the globe, there has been a widespread effort to prepare school teachers for teaching computer science to culturally and racially diverse students. This effort to center diversity and equity is notable as computer science courses are typically homogenous in terms of race and gender,…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Dam, M.; Janssen, F. J. J. M.; van Driel, J. H. – Professional Development in Education, 2020
In recent years, the use of student data has become increasingly concerned with management of teacher performance. However, when teachers become aware of specific student data directly related to their approach of teaching, it could inform them about possible strengths, weaknesses or challenges. Unfortunately, teachers generally have little time…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Teaching Styles
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Stokes, Laura R. E.; Suh, Jennifer M.; Curby, Timothy W. – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Lesson Study is a professional development program, which engages teachers in a collaborative and long-term lesson planning process aimed at improving a single or a group of lessons. In the process, teachers may feel that they are offered three different types of support: social, emotional, and instructional. The purpose of this study was to…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Social Support Groups
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Schipper, Tijmen M.; de Vries, Siebrich; Goei, Sui Lin; van Veen, Klaas – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Professional school cultures, which can be characterized by teachers who take an inquiry stance and in which exchanging knowledge and collaboratively developing classroom material is common practice, receive increasing attention. However, teachers in many schools still often work in isolation and generally do not critically examine their…
Descriptors: School Culture, Professional Autonomy, Professionalism, Teacher Collaboration
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Johnston, Kelly; Hadley, Fay; Waniganayake, Manjula – Professional Development in Education, 2020
Professional learning and development for early childhood educators are increasingly recognised as pivotal in supporting curricula that are socially and culturally relevant to children. The ubiquitous nature of technology creates the necessity for educators to increase their knowledge and understandings of how to support children's digital…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Learning Strategies, Technology Integration, Faculty Development
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