The Importance Of Professional Development In Education

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“With the increasing emphasis on education that is linked to technology and workforce change and on responsibility to promote students’ critical thinking and problem solving, there are new demands on teachers’ professional competence to facilitate students’ learning” (Soebari & Aldridge, 2015). Today’s world is constantly changing with the advancements of technology; we have the ability to connect with people from all over the world. Margret Cox speaks of a time when professional development consisted of “listening to a speaker to communicate policy and procedures, and didn’t offer much in terms of instructional support” (Cox, 2015). Many educators feel dread when they have to attend a workshop due to the belief that “professional
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Professional development has to be more than this if it is going to be effective in increasing teacher knowledge that leads to the increase of student achievement. “No improvement effort has ever succeeded in the absence of thoughtfully planned and well-implemented professional development” (Guskey & Yoon, 2009). The world is at our fingertips, which means that we must make changes and accept change to continue to grow as a society. “When teachers strengthen their content and pedagogical knowledge by participating in professional networks outside of their schools and then share that knowledge in the context of team meetings within their schools, the impact of professional development is doubled” (Morris, Chrispeels & Burke, 2003). When professional development is designed and presented in an effective manner, benefits will be seen in the effectiveness of the teachers and their student …show more content…
For many educators the thought of attending a professional development session conjures up dread and the idea of wasting time that could be spent in the classroom teaching. Teachers have to be willing to accept change and approach them with a respect for continuing their education of strategies to implement into their classrooms. “While the end result of all education reform should be student improvement, every reform initiative, if it is to succeed, must being with recognition of the importance of teachers in raising student performance”(Harwell, 2003). “For academic staff to be committed to process of improving their teaching, we anticipated that they would have to be convinced of the meaningfulness of the process for their own practice, so that it would be experienced as more than a technicist ritual of compliance” (Bozalek et al, 2014). Professional development that is designed and presented in a positive learning environment for teacher learning will increase teacher knowledge and in turn increase their level of content and curriculum knowledge. “Collective learning has the potential to benefit teachers in two ways: first, at the conversational level when problems were described and queried upon from multiple perspectives; next, from the experience of implementing proposed solutions in their job”

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