Pedagogical Issues in Using Networks for Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development in Egypt

Gouda, Amal and Banks, Frank (2005). Pedagogical Issues in Using Networks for Teachers’ Continuous Professional Development in Egypt. In: ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, 27 Jun 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

Professional Networks in education aim to promote the dissemination of good practice and enhance the professional development of teachers (Sliwka, 2003). The Ministry of Education in Egypt established the National Network for Distance Training (NNDT), which became the backbone of teachers’ continuous professional development. Although the network was developed as a part of education reform policy in Egypt, many issues have emerged particularly concerning the pedagogy associated with the training and the role of the network in disseminating good practice. This paper reports on a study that examines the current structure of the Egyptian network and its associated pedagogy, and its role in the building of communities of practice. It also addresses a number of challenges that face trainers and the teachers’ during the training events via the network.

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