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Thirty years into teaching: professional development, exhaustion and rejuvenation

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posted on 2004-09-01, 00:00 authored by B Comber, Barbara Kamler, D Hood, S Moreau, J Painter
Female primary school teachers are usually absent from debates about literacy theory and practice, teachers’ professional development, significant policy changes and school reform. Typically they are positioned as the silent workers who passively translate the latest and of course best theory into practice, whatever that might be and despite what years of experience might tell them. Their accumulated knowledges and critical analysis, developed across careers, remain an untapped resource for the profession. In this paper five literacy educators, three primary school teachers and two university educators, all of whom have been teaching around thirty years, reflect on what constitutes professional development. The teachers examine their experiences of professional development in their particular school contexts – the problems with top-down, mandated professional development which has a managerial rather than educative function, the frustrations of trying to implement the experts’ ideas without the resources, and the effects of devolved school management on teachers’ work and learning. In contrast, they also explore their positive experiences of professional learning through being positioned as teacher researchers in a network of early and later career teachers engaged in a three-year research project investigating unequal literacy outcomes.

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Journal

English teaching: practice and critique

Volume

3

Issue

2

Pagination

74 - 87

Publisher

University of Waikato

Location

Hamilton, New Zealand

ISSN

1175-8708

Language

eng

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Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, University of Waikato

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