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


Mohan, PP and Lingam, GI and Chand, DD, An investigation of teachers' professional development practices in a rural Fijian secondary school, Waikato Journal of Education, 22, (4) pp. 89-97. ISSN 2382-0373 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.15663/wje.v22i4.540


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:professional development (PD), Ministry of Education, rural, Fijian, practices, traditional, job-embedded
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Mohan, PP (Mr Parmeshwar Mohan)
UTAS Author:Chand, DD (Mrs Deepa Chand)
ID Code:123070
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-12-14
Last Modified:2018-08-08
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