Perspectives on professional development in Australian education: some realities of Standards-based professional development

Getenet, Seyum and Trimble, Allison and Nailon, Diane (2013) Perspectives on professional development in Australian education: some realities of Standards-based professional development. International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 2 (2). pp. 34-48.

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This article addresses the adoption of Standards‐based professional development (PD) in contemporary Australian education, through consideration of three different areas of professional practice: mathematics teaching, early childhood education and care (ECEC), and school leaders’ legal literacy. The article sets out the policy basis for Standards‐based PD in education, in particular the development of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and Principals by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, as well as recent research on PD. A framework for effective PD, which draws on both policy and research, is set out as a model through which Standards‐based PD in the three areas of practice is examined. Standards‐based PD in mathematics teaching, which has had, and continues to exhibit, close connections with the relevant professional population through their peak representative body, is seen to satisfy the criteria for effective PD in terms of being continuous, relevant, collaborative and future‐focused. The PD arrangements within the ECEC sector, which have been well‐resourced and supported at the highest policy levels, similarly meet the criteria. The lack of systemic PD on Education Law for school principals is cause for concern.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 00:41
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional development, professional standards, teachers, principals, early childhood, educators
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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