Moving education into the digital age: the contribution of teachers’ professional development

Twining, P.; Raffaghelli, J.; Albion, P. and Knezek, D. (2013). Moving education into the digital age: the contribution of teachers’ professional development. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29(5) pp. 426–437.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12031

Abstract

This article introduces the main outcomes of discussions at EDUsummIT 2011 by the specific Technical Working Group on Teacher Professional Development (TWG3). The focus was to explore how professional development of teachers may ensure that teachers are better prepared to use ICT to promote 21st century learning. The article is organised into three main sections: a review of key literature on professional development of teachers (TPD), in general and with specific reference to ICT; a summary of the key points emerging from TWG3’s discussions; and recommendations for action.

On the basis of discussions held within the TWG3, the authors concluded that effective TPD requires changes at several levels of educational systems (political, institutional and individual), and that ICTs should be seen as an opportunity for introducing new goals, structures, and roles that support these changes. It is significant that whilst many of the issues highlighted by the group are well established, addressing them continues to be problematic globally.

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