Investigating the factors of professional development programs that effect change in the classroom
Chittleborough, Gail Diane, Hubber, Peter and Calnin, Gerard 2008, Investigating the factors of professional development programs that effect change in the classroom, in AARE 2008 : International Education Research Conference - Brisbane, Australian Association for Research in Education, [Coldstream, Vic.].
This paper reports on the implementation of two professional development programs designed to support ICT based pedagogies in Victorian (Australia) schools. In both programs the teachers participated in an intensive program of professional development designed to assist them in embedding ICT into their classroom practice. There was a large diversity of circumstances experienced by the schools, not only in terms of ICT availability and use, and teacher experience, but also in issues of cultures of curriculum planning and integration, size, communication, and pedagogical presumptions. Both projects were successful in implementing change; however there were teachers in both projects who failed to take advantage of the PD. Some of the limitations with both studies include the high expectations of time comittment by the teachers – who are already fully committed with full teaching loads, and the high expectations of the change that will occur in the teaching and learning as a result of the PD, wthout consideration of the time needed to learn and adopt new pedagogical practice. In some cases, teachers and the school did not appreciate the necessary commitment to take full advantage of the opportunity being provided. This was compounded by the lack of support and recognition by school management.
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139999 Education not elsewhere classified
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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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