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Professional learning in an era of continuous education change

Lingam, Narsamma (2019) Professional learning in an era of continuous education change. In: Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Springer Nature, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-13-1179-6

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Abstract

Educational reforms of the twenty-first century across the globe, including in the Pacific Island countries, have targeted education of quality and equity with a particular focus on improving learning outcomes of students and developing skills for the current work demands. What is expected of teachers in this new millennium? Teachers are expected to teach in an increasingly multicultural classroom with students from diverse backgrounds and to place greater emphasis on students with special learning needs. They are also expected to make effective use of information and communications technology in their teaching for more active engagement in the classrooms, plan for their teaching and accountability frameworks, and involve parents more in their children’s education. Despite high-quality pre-service training of teachers, this cannot be expected to prepare teachers for the challenges they will face in this era of continuous change in the education system. Teaching is a complex and dynamic profession that requires highly specialized skills and knowledge to impact significantly on student learning outcomes. Education systems therefore need to provide teachers with opportunities for professional learning in order to maintain a high standard of learning and teaching. Given the current prevalence of teacher professional learning to enhance student achievement, this entry argues that professional learning plays a significant role in the sustainability of education change. While professional learning and development provide a golden opportunity for teachers to learn and model innovative and creative teaching practices, it should not be a one-size fits-all approach but a multidimensional approach to meet teachers’ needs and interests.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 16:17
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 10:30
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12452
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