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Leadership support for school-based professional development for primary school teachers: the use of TESSA OERs in schools in Kenya

Cullen, Jane; Keraro, Fred and Wamutitu, Joseph (2012). Leadership support for school-based professional development for primary school teachers: the use of TESSA OERs in schools in Kenya. In: 56th Year Book on Teacher Education, International Council on Education for Teaching, pp. 170–182.

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Abstract

Four million extra teachers are needed across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2015 if the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to primary education (UPE) is to be met (COMED/ADEA 2011). In addition there continues to be urgent need to improve the quality of teaching of existing teachers in primary classrooms. There is not sufficient capacity to meet those demands through teacher training or continuous professional development (CPD) courses at Higher Education Institutions (HEI)s and teacher training colleges. In many countries in Africa, particularly but not exclusively in the rural areas, in-service training or CPD outside the school is difficult for teachers to access or to finance. In any case, the school itself has increasing importance as the locus of professional development for teachers. School-based CPD can focus directly on teaching practices and the practicalities of improving the quality of teaching. There is a substantial literature on the benefits to sustainability and long-term change of professional development which arises directly out of classroom practice. The Open Educational Resources (OERs) created by the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) community have been developed to help teachers improve practice, and they lend themselves to this type of school-based professional development. However, leadership is critically important for this kind of school-based teacher education. Without the direct and strategic support of school leaders, it is difficult to organise and sustain this kind of CPD.

This paper explores the ways in which Egerton University, Kenya, is working directly with head teachers, deputy head teachers, subject panel heads and teachers in collaborating schools to encourage them in their use of school-based professional development using the TESSA OERs. This paper conceptualises and discusses the kinds of leadership practices which are in evidence and which are helpful to increasing and sustaining this kind of school-led teacher education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Extra Information: originally presented at the ICET international conference - The Changing Global Perspective on the Role of Teacher and Teacher Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, 10-12 Jul 2012.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 59491
Depositing User: Jane Cullen
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 11:19
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 18:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59491
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