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Teachers' perceptions of the impact of professional development on learning and teaching in a developing nation

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Mohan, PP and Lingam, GI and Chand, DD, Teachers' perceptions of the impact of professional development on learning and teaching in a developing nation, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42, (11) pp. 18-33. ISSN 1835-517X (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Official URL: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol42/iss11/2/

DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2017v42n11.2

Abstract

This research examined teachers' perceptions of the impact of Professional Development (PD) programmes on learning and teaching in two Fijian secondary schools. Through a qualitative research design, data were gathered using document analysis and semi-structured interviews with 30 teachers from the two case study schools. The major findings to emerge from teachers views were: 1) whether teachers are novice or experienced, PD is needed to sustain the changes made to their teaching practice; 2) the PD needs of rural and urban teachers are slightly different; and 3) the opportunity for teachers to collaborate to share ideas forms the foundation of PD. Overall, the teachers' perceptions had validated that teachers engaged in productive PD tend to work together with their colleagues to improve student learning. This study provides information on the PD needs of the teachers in Fiji, which could benefit developing nations and beyond.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Fiji, impact, learning and teaching, Ministry of Education, perceptions, professional development (PD), rural, urban
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teacher and Instructor Development
UTAS Author:Mohan, PP (Mr Parmeshwar Mohan)
UTAS Author:Chand, DD (Mrs Deepa Chand)
ID Code:125863
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-10
Last Modified:2018-08-20
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