Chapter 7: Principles of Professional Development

October 2006
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2006, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p441
Academic Journal
Book Chapter
This article presents Chapter 7 of this monograph issue which is entitled "Principles of Professional Development," by Mary O' Sullivan and Dena Deglau. This chapter summarizes the four-year long professional development (PD) Physical Education for Progress (PEP) initiative. Findings indicate that teachers should be regarded as active learners and not passive recipients of ideas and curricula. PD should be situated in classroom practice and not involve abstract theories. Teachers must be able to engage with specific meaningful tasks relevant to their daily work, some of which relate to the specific content they teach. Teacher and student-learning contexts are important considerations in PD programs. Researching the efficacy of PD programs is crucial for the improvement of such structures.


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