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Effective teacher professionalization in networks?

Authors
Journal
Teaching and Teacher Education
0742-051X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2009.10.046
Keywords
  • Teacher Networks
  • Teacher Professionalization
  • Work Environment
  • Networks Effectiveness

Abstract

Abstract Teacher professionalization has been focused to strongly on external experts and a one-size-fits-all set of solutions that often fail to distinguish between the needs of different teachers. This article describes a research into teacher networks that might be more successful vehicles for professional development of teachers. The results show that networks that focus on (self-) reflection, that exploit subgroups and networks meetings with a strong content focus, that stimulate enthusiasm and are instructive, that build a community of teachers and that make room for application of new materials/methods in the classroom, are the most promising ways for professional development and job motivation.

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