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An investigation of teachers’ professional development practices in a rural Fijian secondary school

Mohan, P.P. and Lingam, Govinda I. and Chand, D.D. (2017) An investigation of teachers’ professional development practices in a rural Fijian secondary school. Waikato Journal of Education, 22 (4). pp. 89-97. ISSN 1173-6135

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Abstract

This research investigates teachers’ professional development (PD) practices in a rural Fijian secondary school. Using a qualitative research design, data was gathered by means of document analysis and semi-structured interviews with 15 teachers of the case study school. The findings revealed that the teachers in the school were mostly engaged in traditional PD which involved a teacher-centred PD, top-down approach and PD being short-term and unconnected, which basically failed to meet teachers’ professional needs. In contrast job-embedded collegial learning, even though not widely practiced, was found to be more beneficial. By providing information on teachers’ PD, this study could be of interest to schools and the Ministry of Education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2017 12:35
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 12:35
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10416
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