At the end of the course, students have knowledge of and insight into:
- Aspects of teacher’s knowledge and skills which are relevant for quality teaching and sustainable educational reform
- Why teacher professional development is important
- Various forms for teacher professional development, including their pro’s and con’s
- How the teaching quality of teachers can be evaluated by means of a variety of instruments
At the end of the course, students are able to:
- Explain how professional development characteristics will affect teacher quality
- Explain what school conditions need to be in place, to improve the effectiveness of the professional development process.
- Evaluate the quality of a professional development trajectory with regard to guidelines for effective Professional Development (PD)
- Design a teacher professional development trajectory based on all that was learned in the course
Relationship with EST labour market (Intended Learning Outcomes [ILO’s] as described in the EST programme specific appendix of the EER):
- This course contributes (strongly) to: Domain expertise, Design competence
- To a limited extent, this course contributes to: Research competence, Advice competence, Academic reflection
- This courses assesses the following ILO’s in some way (can include formal/informal, formative/summative, peer/expert): Domain expertise, Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence.
The quality of teachers and teaching is crucial for student learning, but varies both between and within schools. But, what actually is ‘good teaching’? In this course, we explore different kinds of knowledge and skills that are considered crucial for high quality teaching. We address different forms of professional development (PD), important conditions for teacher learning and change, and pay attention to the evaluation of the effectiveness of these interventions.
At the end of this course, students know what to take into account when designing PD trajectories, what is known about the effectiveness of various approaches to PD, and what to consider when evaluating this effectiveness.
The assessment in this course consists of two parts, that both need to be scored sufficient (≥ 5.5) to pass the course:
- An individual take home exam in which you evaluate a PD trajectory (30% of your grade)
- A group assignment in which you will develop a rationale, outline and evaluation plan for a PD trajectory (70% of your grade)
Relationship with technology:
- Examples will be provided of supportive technology in professionalization for teachers
- Examples of technology-supported evaluation will be shown and discussed