Professional development and study groups : perceptions of school personnel

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Thorsteinson, Corrine
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
Every year, school personnel embark on the road of professional growth. This road has traditionally taken the form of teacher professional growth plans (TPGPs). While the TPGP has enabled school personnel to set and strive toward personally directed professional development, the perception is that many of these goals have not been realized into their intended levels of authentic school improvement or enhanced learning in classrooms. This study evaluates the ability of study groups, as a professional development activity to impact school improvement. Forty school personnel were surveyed to determine the ability of study groups to facilitate goal setting, team learning, and professional dialogue as vehicles for lasting school improvement. Recommendations for linking these vehicles to action include providing time, a collegial environment, and encouragement to taking risks.
ix, 78 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Teachers -- In-service training , Group work in education