A model of professional development delivery for VET teachers by VET teachers: an evaluation

Balatti, Jo, Goldman, Martha, Harrison, Phil, Elliott, Bob, Jackson, Meredith, and Smith, Gillian (2010) A model of professional development delivery for VET teachers by VET teachers: an evaluation. In: Proceedings of AVETRA 13th Annual Conference. pp. 1-11. From: AVETRA 13th Annual Conference VET Research: leading and responding in turbulent times, 8-9 April 2010, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia.

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Professional development (PD) can be costly with the outcomes often difficult to measure and sometimes, even intangible. Training and education organisations are seeking new ways of responding to the challenge of developing the expertise of their teachers to teach effectively in times characterised by changing student profiles and changing government and community expectations and demands. This paper reports on an 18 month long action research project involving three Queensland TAFE institutes that trialled a grassroots PD model. Three features characterised the model; the PD was planned, prepared and delivered by teachers for teachers. The project included a formal evaluation of the trials. This paper explains the rationale for this model to PD delivery and reports on the results of its implementation. It discusses how and why the model evolved in different ways in the three sites and it analyses the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach to delivering professional development in TAFE institutes. The paper concludes with some insights that the trial offered on how PD fits or can fit in the organisational life of 21st century TAFE institutes.

Item ID: 17083
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9805275-2-0
Keywords: action research, vocational education & training, organisational change, professional development
Date Deposited: 14 May 2011 10:55
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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