Teacher Professional Development for Improving Quality of Teaching

Authors: Creemers, Bert, Kyriakides, Leonidas, Antoniou, Panayiotis

    • Offers a seminal contribution to current knowledge and theory by integrating research on teacher effectiveness and professional development for the first time
    • Distinctively refers to teacher factors that emerged from the different main approaches to effective teaching instead of focusing on only one
    • Provides both sound theoretical background and suggestions for practice on effective teacher training and professional development programmes
    • Presents valuable suggestions on how further research can be conducted to expand this approach
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This book makes a major contribution to knowledge and theory by drawing implications of teacher effectiveness research for the field of teacher training and professional development. The first part of the book provides a critical review of research on teacher training and professional development and illustrates the limitations of the main approaches to teacher development such as the competence-based and the holistic approach. A dynamic perspective to policy and practice in teacher training and professional development is advocated. The second part of the book provides a critical review of research on teacher effectiveness. The main phases of this field of research are analysed. It is pointed out that teacher factors are presented as being in opposition to one another. An integrated approach in defining quality of teaching is adopted. The importance of taking into account findings of studies investigating differential teacher effectiveness is argued. Another significant limitation of this field of research is that the whole process of searching for teacher effectiveness factor was not able to have a significant impact upon teacher training and professional development. For this reason it is advocated that teacher training and professional development should be focused on how to address grouping of specific teacher factors associated with student learning and on how to help teachers improve their teaching skills by moving from using skills associated with direct teaching only to more advanced skills concerned with new teaching approaches and differentiation of teaching. The book refers to studies conducted in different countries illustrating how the proposed approach can be used by policy and practice in teacher education. Specifically, the book provides evidence supporting the validity of the theoretical framework upon which this approach is based. Moreover, experimental and longitudinal studies supporting the use of this approach for improvement purposes are presented and suggestions for further research utilising and expanding the Dynamic Approach for teacher training and professional development are provided.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Towards the Development of a Dynamic Approach to Teacher Professional Development

    Creemers, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 3-11

  • Improvement of Teaching by Mastering Specific Competences: The Competency-Based Approach

    Creemers, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 13-28

  • Improvement of Teaching Through Critical Reflection: The Holistic Approach

    Creemers, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 29-42

  • Going Beyond the Classical Dichotomy Related to the Content of Teacher Training and Professional Development

    Creemers, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 43-61

  • Establishing the Field of Teacher Effectiveness Research: Moving from Investigating Personal Characteristics of Teachers to Understanding Effective Teaching Practices

    Creemers, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 65-79

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teacher Professional Development for Improving Quality of Teaching
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5207-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5207-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5206-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9541-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 262
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