Investigating the provision of professional learning and development for middle level teachers in New Zealand

Shanks, Brenda and Dowden, Tony (2019) Investigating the provision of professional learning and development for middle level teachers in New Zealand. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 19 (2). pp. 6-17. ISSN 1445-2928

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Abstract

The current emphasis on quality teaching focuses on the correlation between professional learning and development (PLD), teacher efficacy and enhanced student learning outcomes. Abundant research evidence demonstrates that young adolescents (10-15 years old) have specific educational needs that are best catered for via developmentally responsive classroom practice, hence the rationale for scrutinising the nature and quality of middle level PLD. In this study, a sample of Years 7-8 teachers in New Zealand (NZ) schools were interviewed to determine the quality of their PLD experiences. Interviews with three key informants, who are international experts on the middle years of schooling, provided additional perspectives. The study concludes that if student learning outcomes and adolescent wellbeing are to be improved, middle level PLD should focus on enhancing teacher efficacy via both whole school and individualised initiatives.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accessible via Adolescent Success (Australia) website. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Submitted version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 02:18
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional learning and development, middle level teachers, new zealand
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37269

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