Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices

Teachers as Self-directed Learners

Active Positioning through Professional Learning

Authors: Smith, Kathleen

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  • Helps find new ways to build teacher capacity and promote school-based educational change
  • Focuses on strategizing the design features of in-service teacher learning programs
  • Provides examples of effective methods to promote interactive feedback and professional dialogue with teachers
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This book redefines teacher in-service education as being less about participation in a program and more about the opportunity for teachers to experience a process of learning that is personally meaningful and contextually relevant to their own teaching practice. The research presented here reveals that teachers have the capacity to think and work differently, yet are rarely provided with opportunities to exercise active decision-making about their personal learning needs. Creating and implementing such an approach involves reimagining all aspects of the learning experience so that teachers are free to articulate their own learning needs and actively work to determine what matters most for their professional practice.

The book breaks new ground by drawing from research related to an in-service program where teachers, their experience and professional thinking were deliberately positioned at the centre of the learning experience. Using this evidenced-based approach, it focuses not only on the learning achieved, but also the conditions that enabled teachers to undertake such learning.

About the authors

Kathy Smith is Senior Lecturer at Monash University with specialisations in primary science education and teacher professional learning. Kathy has worked with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) on a number of science projects including Primary Connections and Coaching workshops. Her work has also included an ongoing 8-year relationship with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM), where she has developed and facilitated a number of teacher professional learning initiatives aimed at enhancing teacher confidence and supporting the learning and teaching of science at all levels of schooling. Undertaking work as an Education Consultant has also enabled Kathy to gain extensive experience working with schools in the Government and Independent sectors, supporting teachers with planning and pedagogy. This work built upon previous experiences with Manager of Education programs for the Monash Science Centre, located at Monash University. In this position she was able to oversee the provision of quality school-based support for science education, particularly in primary schools, across all sectors. Prior to these roles Kathy worked as a Sessional Lecturer in Science and Mathematics Education at RMIT and began her career working as a primary classroom teacher for nine years with the Victorian Department of Education. Critically, Kathy continues her involvement in teacher professional learning and has particular expertise in primary science education, with a particular interest in the conditions that build teachers’ capacity for self-directed learning.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teachers as Self-directed Learners
Book Subtitle
Active Positioning through Professional Learning
Authors
Series Title
Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3587-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3587-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-3586-9
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9914-4
Series ISSN
1875-3620
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 183
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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