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The education and development of practising teachers


Beswick, K and Anderson, J and Hurst, C, The education and development of practising teachers, Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2012-2015, Springer, K Makar, S Dole, J Visnovska, M Goos, A Bennison, K Fry (ed), Singapore, pp. 329-352. ISBN 978-981-10-1417-8 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1419-2_16


This chapter reviews Australasian research on the education and development of practising teachers of mathematics. We consider developments in theoretical understandings of professional learning (PL) including conceptualisations of teacher learning and capabilities. Reports of PL programs that have been sites of research arc reviewed according to their content foci and the approaches to PL that were adopted. The latter are considered in light of current characterisations of PL. Consideration of ways in which PL programs have been evaluated highlights the difficulties inherent in going beyond teacher self-reports and in linking specific PL programs to outcomes in relation to students' learning as well as system and policy impacts. In conclusion we present avenues for further research. These include addressing issues of scale and sustainability, assessing the affordances of online delivery of PL, enhancing collaboration between mathematics educators and mathematicians, and better understanding the mechanisms and conditions that contribute to effective PL.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:professional learning, professional development, practising teachers, teacher knowledge, teacher capabilities, pedagogical content knowledge
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
ID Code:110205
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-07-20
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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