Teacher Professional Development in Changing Conditions

Author: Douwe Beijaard
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 140203699X
Format: PDF
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This book presents some highlights from the deliberations of the 2003 conference of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). Part 1 presents the five keynote addresses of the conference, while Parts 2 through 4 present selected papers related to each of three sub-themes: knowledge construction and learning to teach, perspectives on teachers’ personal and professional lives, and teachers’ workplace as context for learning. The chapters in this book provide an array of approaches to understanding the process of teacher learning within the current context of the changing workplace environment. They also provide an important international perspective on the complex issues revolving around the international educational reform movement. Basically, they show how teachers’ workplace (inside and outside schools) are more than ever subject to continuous change and that, subsequently, standards for teaching must be flexible to these changing conditions. This asks for a redefinition of teacher professionalism in which the role of context in teacher learning is emphasized as well as the improvement of the quality of teacher thinking and learning. Related to the ever-changing context of teaching, a dynamic approach to teaching and teacher learning is required, in which identity development is crucial. Researchers have an important role to play in revealing and explaining how teachers can build their professional identity, through self-awareness and reflection, in the ever-changing educational contexts throughout the world.

Teacher Training and Professional Development of Chinese English Language Teachers

Author: Faridah Pawan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317300033
Format: PDF
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This up-close look at Chinese ESL teachers documents undertakings at formal and informal levels to support and sustain their expertise in ways that balance collaborative and competitive efforts, situated and standards-based programs, ethnically responsive and government-based efforts, and traditional and 21st-century teaching visions. English is a mandated subject for approximately 400 million Chinese public school students. Making transparent the training and professional development received respectively by pre-service and in-service teachers, this book provides a rare window into how Chinese English Language teachers (ELTs) reconcile the two needs with the responsibility to teach large numbers of students while also navigating societal, cultural, and institutional cross currents. It also explores the range of ways China invests in the training and professional development of its English language teachers.

Learning Circles

Author: Michelle Collay
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780803966765
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Learning circles—small groups of educators who come together to support each other in learning—can make great improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in your school.

Hidden Dimensions in the Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers In Service Education for and With Teachers

Author: B. Roesken
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9460914330
Format: PDF
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Professional development is often determined by black and white thinking. Either issues are considered as being good or bad, or statements like teachers should or teachers must are transported. However, it is easily forgotten from which perspective the judgment is taken, surely it is not the teacher’s one. Profoundly respecting and cherishing the teachers and their needs, allows for arriving at a vision of professional development that is for and with teachers, instead being simply about them. This book presents the field of mathematics teacher professional development both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective. In particular, the initiative Mathematics Done Differently that has been run in Germany is presented, in whose context the data of the empirical study was gathered. The empirical findings led to postulating a model describing teachers’ individual growth pathways and to providing implications for constructing practices that are based on what teachers really need.

From Teacher Thinking to Teachers and Teaching

Author: Cheryl J. Craig
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1781908508
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This volume covers advances that have occurred in the thirty year existence of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), the organization that helped transition the study of teacher thinking to the study of teachers and teaching in all of its complexities.

Professional Development in Higher Education

Author: Gill Nicholls
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135377022
Format: PDF, Docs
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Staff development and teaching accreditation is becoming a reality in UK higher education teaching. This volume explores the implications of continued professional development and institutions such as the ILT, outlining the options and approaches to professional development.

Innovation and change in English language education

Author: Ken Hyland
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135051909
Format: PDF
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Questions about what to teach and how best to teach it are what drive professional practice in the English language classroom. Innovation and change in English language education addresses these key questions so that teachers are able to understand and manage change to organise teaching and learning more effectively. The book provides an accessible introduction to current theory and research in innovation and change in ELT and shows how these understandings have been applied to the practical concerns of the curriculum and the classroom. In specially commissioned chapters written by experts in the field, the volume sets out the key issues in innovation and change and shows how these relate to actual practice offers a guide to innovation and change in key areas grounded in research relates theory to practice through the use of illustrative case studies and examples brings together the very best scholarship in TESOL and language education from around the world This book will be of interest to upper undergraduate and graduate students in applied linguistics, language education and TESOL as well as pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, researchers and administrators keen to create and manage teaching and learning more effectively.

Developing Teachers

Author: Chris Day
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135711364
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Effective schools or improving schools are fashionable terms in the rhetoric of recent education movements, yet the heart of these movements is often more to do with teaching quality than with school practice. This book takes a holistic view of teacher development, examining the contexts and conditions of teaching: school leadership and culture; teachers' lives and histories; change; teacher learning, competence and expertise; and the moral purposes of teaching. Day looks at the conditions under which teacher development may be enhanced, and brings together research and other information, from the UK and overseas.

From Intensified Work to Professional Development

Author: Jan Löwstedt
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9789052010632
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The book gives a European perspective on issues relating to teachers' professional development and well-being in an age of reform-pressure and deregulation common to schools in most European countries.