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Professional development programmes for teachers in the Northern Territory of Australia: enablers and inhibiters for success in two aspirant leadership programmes

Speering, Glen (2015). Professional development programmes for teachers in the Northern Territory of Australia: enablers and inhibiters for success in two aspirant leadership programmes. Professional Development in Education,42(5):732-751.

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IRMA ID 81144320xPUB122
Title Professional development programmes for teachers in the Northern Territory of Australia: enablers and inhibiters for success in two aspirant leadership programmes
Author Speering, Glen
Journal Name Professional Development in Education
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1941-5257   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84946893551
Start Page 732
End Page 751
Total Pages 20
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 1303 - Specialist Studies in Education
130313 - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Professional development programmes for teachers have become an increasing focus in the quest to improve teacher quality. In regional and remote areas of Australia the delivery of professional development programmes can become problematic. This study compares and contrasts the two separate professional development programmes evaluated (Programme A and Programme B), which were focused on aspiring leadership and delivered in the Northern Territory. Findings are presented which identify enablers for success in professional development programmes delivered in remote areas. Programme A and Programme B varied in their levels of success in achieving stated goals. The findings suggest that when professional development is delivered to remotely located teachers, local context and shared experience become critical for success. Local agents and local leaders are shown to be an essential element of successful professional development in context. The results have implications for those developing and delivering professional development programmes to remote locations.
Keywords professional development
Northern Territory
success
inhibiters
remote
leadership
evaluation
outsourcing
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2015.1102165   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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