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Methodolgical Issues Around Evaluation : How Do We Know What Difference Professional Development Activities Make?

Bubb, Sara (2012) Methodolgical Issues Around Evaluation : How Do We Know What Difference Professional Development Activities Make? Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies, 6. pp. 33-54. ISSN 2037-7924. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

It is universally agreed that professional development is important but much money has been spent on training and development activities without a commensurate impact on pupils’ learning and wellbeing. With financial constraints hitting education systems across the world, the time is right to try to understand professional development better for as Lawless and Pellegrino (2007) state although the number of opportunities for teachers has increased, our understanding about what constitutes quality professional development, what teachers learn from it, or its impact on student outcomes has not substantially changed. Ascertaining the difference professional development makes is a complex process. Exposure to and participation in development activities may or may not bring about change to individuals’ beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours. These changes to individuals may or may not lead to changes in the classroom and school practice. And these changes may or may not lead to improvement in pupil outcomes. Difficulties in researching this field, some have argued, stem from simplistic conceptualisations of teacher professional learning that fail to consider how learning is embedded in work contexts. This paper seeks to unpack some methodological issues related to evaluating the difference that professional development makes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:01
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:58
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