Professional Education Reform

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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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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” …show more content…
By attending professional development, teachers are able to collaborate with peers and learn new strategies that are working in their classrooms. “As teachers examine various sources of data about improvements in student learning, co-assess student work and debate its quality and learn from each other and adopt new innovative practices wit ongoing support within their teams, the ultimate beneficiaries are the students” (Owen,

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