Continuing professional developement

DEFINITION:  Professional development is defined […] as related to activities developing an individual’s skills, knowledge, expertise and other characteristics as a teacher (excluding Initial Teacher Education).
[…] The kind of CPD most likely to affect teaching positively is therefore of the ‘hands-on’ kind, and has the following characteristics:
 - a considerable duration;
- a clear theoretical rationale grounded in research, and a strong knowledge base;
- is based on collaborative, active learning and teaching (not on a oneshot lecture or a ‘drive-by’ workshop), as well as on feedback;
- is delivered to a team of teachers (same age group, subject, school…)
- is focused on specific content knowledge / strategies (not general), helping teachers develop the pedagogical skills to teach specific content, with strong positive effects on practice;
- is coherent, practical, focused on students’ learning of content and on the examination of students’ work, in relation to standards for what students should know and be able to do.

SOURCE: Abridged from Caena, F.(2011). Literature Review- quality in teachers’ continuing professional development. Education and Training 2020 Thematic Working Group ‘Professional Development of Teachers. European Commission.


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