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Online Graduate Student Identity and Professional Skills Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Graduate students are assumed to develop skills in oral and written communication and collegial relationships that are complementary to formal graduate programs. However, it appears only a small number of universities provide such professional development opportunities alongside academic programs, and even fewer do so online. There appears to be…

Hurst, Deborah; Cleveland-Innes, Martha; Hawranik, Pamela; Gauvreau, Sarah

2013-01-01

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Professional Development: Social Skills and Young Children  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Learning to work and play well with others truly is a lifelong goal with a foundation in the early childhood years. Effective early childhood educators recognize that supporting children's social competence and teaching them academic skills are compatible rather than competing goals; each grows and benefits from advances in the other. Together,…

Jalongo, Mary Renck

2006-01-01

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Professional Skills Development in a Resource-Poor Setting: The Case of Pharmacy in Malawi  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The dominance of the human capital approach in vocational skills development has been increasingly questioned for being de-humanised and de-contextualised. Contrary to this trend, the discourse in health professional skills development has shown increasing enthusiasm for consolidating this existing paradigm. To debate whether professional skills

Lim, Zoe; Anderson, C.; McGrath, S.

2012-01-01

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Mathematics Professional Development: Critical Features for Developing Leadership Skills and Building Teachers' Capacity  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article focuses on three features of professional development (PD) programs that play an important role in developing leadership skills and building teachers' capacity: (1) fostering a professional learning community, (2) developing teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching, and (3) adapting PD to support local needs and interests. We…

Koellner, Karen; Jacobs, Jennifer; Borko, Hilda

2011-01-01

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Professional Development: A Skills Approach to a Writing Workshop  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this era of globalization, students need to know how to write well. Faculty development needs to focus on assisting primary teachers as they prepare students for a twenty-first-century world. Strategic curriculum reform and professional development can be achieved by partnerships between district administrators and professional consultants. Two…

Levitt, Roberta; Kramer-Vida, Louisa; Palumbo, Anthony; Kelly, Susan P.

2014-01-01

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A Follow up: Developing Growing Need for Soft-Skills in IT Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper we follow up "Developing Growing Need for Soft-Skills in IT Professionals," a paper from the 2003 ASCUE Conference. In that paper we examined the need for "soft-skills" by information technology professionals. In the current economic climate, IT outsourcing is becoming increasingly popular. Our Columbus, Indiana Purdue campus has a…

Swanson, Dewey A.; Phillips, Julie

2004-01-01

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Professional Development: A 21st Century Skills Implementation Guide  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To succeed in college, career and life in the 21st century, students must be supported in mastering both content and skills. This Implementation Guide presents state leaders, policymakers and/or district and school leaders with assessment tactics and examples to assist in statewide 21st century skills initiatives. The Partnership for 21st Century…

Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009

2009-01-01

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Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Undergraduate STEM students are increasingly expected to have some data use skills upon graduation, whether they pursue post-graduate education or move into industry. This project was an initial foray into the application of data information literacy competencies to training undergraduate students to identify markers of data and information…

Zilinski, Lisa D.; Sapp Nelson, Megan; Van Epps, Amy S.

2014-01-01

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Developing nurse leaders: a program enhancing staff nurse leadership skills and professionalism.  

PubMed

This study aims to determine whether participation in the Nursing Leadership Perspectives Program (NLPP) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, produced a change in leadership skills, increased professional activities, leadership promotion, and retention rates of participants. The NLPP is an educational program designed to enhance leadership skills and promote professionalism of registered nurses. The 6-month program provides participants with theoretical knowledge, core competencies, and opportunities to practice application of leadership skills. Outcome metrics were collected from registered nurses who completed the program (n = 15). Data analysis included descriptive and nonparametric methods. Participants reported statistically significant changes in their leadership skills after participation in the program (P = .007) on the Leadership Practices Inventory. Changes in professional behavior were also statistically significant as rated by the Nursing Activity Scale (P = .001). Participants demonstrated a change in leadership skills and professional behavior following the program. PMID:21900815

Abraham, Pauline J

2011-01-01

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The Effects of Professional Development on Early Reading Skills: A Comparison of Two Approaches to Word Solving  

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This study examined the differential effects of two components of the Interactive Strategies Approach (ISA) professional development program on outcomes related to teacher knowledge, teacher practice, and student reading achievement. The professional development for teachers focused on word solving skill among struggling first grade readers. The…

Anderson, Kimberly L.

2009-01-01

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21st Century Learning Skills Embedded in Climate Literacy Teacher Professional Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Trilling and Fadel's "21st Century Learning Skills" defines a vision of how to infuse an expanded set of skills, competencies and flexibilities into the classroom. Among these skills are global awareness, health and environmental literacy. The authors contend that in order for our students to compete, they will need critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation. Students will also need to be digital savvy. This poster outlines a program of preparing teachers to implement inquiry-based modules that allow students to exercise hypothetical deductive reasoning to address climate literacy issues such as: the Dust Bowl, thermohaline circulation, droughts, the North Atlantic Oscillation, climate variability and energy challenges. This program is implemented through the Earth System Science Education Alliance. ESSEA supports the educational goal of "attracting and retaining students in science careers" and the associated goal of "attracting and retaining students in science through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers and faculty." ESSEA provides long-duration educator professional development that results in deeper content understanding and confidence in teaching global climate change and science disciplines. The target audience for this effort is pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers. The ESSEA program develops shared educational resources - including modules and courses - that are based on NASA and NOAA climate science and data. The program is disseminated through the ESSEA Web site: http://essea.courses.strategies.org. ESSEA increases teachers' access to high-quality materials, standards-based instructional methods and content knowledge. Started in 2000 and based on online courses for K-12 teachers, ESSEA includes the participation of faculty at 45 universities and science centers. Over 3,500 pre- and in-service K-12 teachers have completed ESSEA courses. In addition to 21st Century learning skills, the ESSEA program is based on the urgent need for professional development for pre- and in-service teachers of Earth science. The Revolution in Earth and Space Science Education (2001) cites the Glenn Report saying "...the way to interest children in mathematics and science is through teachers who are not only enthusiastic about their subjects, but who are also steeped in their disciplines and who have the professional training - as teachers - to teach those subjects well. Nor is this teacher training simply a matter of preparation; it depends just as much - or even more - on sustained, high-quality professional development" (p. 1). This treatise states that Earth and space sciences are in the greatest need for professional development. Teachers find themselves inadequately qualified to teach science and find that professional development is not available or lacking in quality. The ESSEA program addresses its educational priorities through enriching pre- and in-service Earth science teachers' backgrounds in Earth system science, specifically in the area of global climate change, and through developing educational materials in support of science education.

Myers, R. J.; Schwerin, T. G.; Blaney, L.

2011-12-01

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Developing Leadership Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Principals often think of professional development in terms of activities--attending a workshop, networking with colleagues at a conference, reading a professional article or book, and so on. Although these are all good things in and of themselves, genuine professional growth does not occur until knowledge and skills are put into practice at the…

Kinney, Patti

2008-01-01

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The developing of personal and professional skills in automotive engineers through university competitions  

Microsoft Academic Search

Promoting personal and professional skills is becoming an issue of interest and major concern in university environments and this, in turn, is being driven by the demands of business. In this paper the authors, teachers from UPM and ISAT, present the basic features of the Formula SAE project and some other international competition such as Eco-Shell Marathon, Formula Baja or

Francisco J. Sánchez-Alejo; Francisco Aparicio; Miguel A. Álvarez; Ernest Galindo

2010-01-01

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The Hiatt Career Center prepares students and alumni to develop skills to transform their unique backgrounds, liberal arts education and experiential learning into meaningful professional futures and relationships.  

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backgrounds, liberal arts education and experiential learning into meaningful professional futures to develop skills to transform their unique backgrounds, liberal arts education and experiential learning, liberal arts education and experiential learning into meaningful professional futures and relationships

Snider, Barry B.

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Assist Students in Developing Technical Reading Skills. Module M-2 of Category M--Assisting Students in Improving Their Basic Skills. Professional Teacher Education Module Series.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This learning module, one of a series of 127 performance-based teacher education learning packages focusing on specific professional competencies of vocational teachers, deals with the task of assisting students in developing technical reading skills. Addressed in the individual learning experiences included in the module are the following topics:…

Fardig, Glen E.; West, Gail B.

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Professional practice skills for nurses.  

PubMed

Nurses work in a healthcare system in which different partners in care have different expectations of them. Demands to provide compassionate care that is patient-centred and responsive while adhering to budget constraints are contributing to 'compassion fatigue' and adversely affecting nurses' mood and effectiveness. This article discusses how an understanding of professional practice skills, communication skills and teamwork can help nurses to cope with these conflicting demands and compassion fatigue while performing their professional roles and responsibilities. This approach is discussed in the context of nursing discourse and related professional and government recommendations. PMID:25182923

Groves, Winnifred

2014-09-01

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Professional Skills in the Engineering Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Education at the University of Missouri (MU), Columbia, developed a novel course for engineering graduate students emphasizing pedagogy and professional skills. The two-semester course sequence, titled “Preparing Engineering Faculty and Professionals,” includes readings from books that cover several different areas: How People Learn, with focus on the

Ashwin Mohan; Dominike Merle; Christa Jackson; John Lannin; Satish S. Nair

2010-01-01

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Professional Skills in the Engineering Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Education at the University of Missouri (MU), Columbia, developed a novel course for engineering graduate students emphasizing pedagogy and professional skills. The two-semester course sequence, titled "Preparing Engineering Faculty and Professionals," includes…

Mohan, Ashwin; Merle, Dominike; Jackson, Christa; Lannin, John; Nair, Satish S.

2010-01-01

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Soft Skills and Creativity in IS Professionals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although the soft (i.e. non-technical) skills of information systems (I\\/S) professionals are recognized as important for job performance, few attempts have been made to study systematically the concept of soft skills. We draw upon the pioneering work in the area of practical intelligence and creativity at the workplace to develop the concept of soft skills and to validate an instrument

Damien Joseph; Soon Ang; Sandra Slaughter

1999-01-01

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Professional Development Schools and Early Childhood Education: Interactive Skills of Students, Playgroup and Kindergarten Teachers  

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This study examines professional development activities for students and teachers in two Dutch professional development schools (PDSs). The PDSs consist of a partnership between the kindergarten classes of the elementary school and accompanying playgroup (with children aged 4-6 and 2.6-4, respectively), a teacher's training college and a research…

de Roos, Simone A.; van der Heijden, Monique H. R. M. A.; Gorter, Ruud J.

2010-01-01

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The Effects of Professional Development Activities on the Skill Acquisition of Teachers.  

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This paper describes a professional development model which emerged from two projects that had professional development of teachers as an important component. The first project, Project Lighthouse, provided teachers with training to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into general education classrooms. The second project was a…

Whitworth, Jerry E.

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Professional Development  

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? Hell, Ya! 11:30 Highlights on Management Differences in the Child and Adolescent GynaecologicalContinuing Professional Development Faculty of Health Sciences QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY 36TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL PROGRAM #12;CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 32 FACULTY

Ellis, Randy

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An Integrated Approach to Develop Professional and Technical Skills for Informatics Engineering Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Many of the current approaches used in teaching and learning in engineering education are not the most appropriate to prepare students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers. The active involvement of students in their learning process facilitates the development of the technical and professional competencies they need as…

Fernandes, Joao M.; Van Hattum-Janssen, Natascha; Ribeiro, Antonio Nestor; Fonte, Victor; Santos, Luis Paulo; Sousa, Pedro

2012-01-01

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Professional Skills Needed by Our Graduates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Accreditation agencies have outlined professional skills that should be possessed by engineering graduates. The question this paper addresses is "What professional skills do our recent graduates actually use and value as being important?" Young engineering professionals, as well as professionals in many different professions, were asked…

Woods, Donald R.; Briedis, Daina; Perna, Angelo

2013-01-01

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Improving Vocabulary and Pre-Literacy Skills of At-Risk Preschoolers through Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In a randomized control study, Head Start teachers were assigned to either an intervention group that received intensive, ongoing professional development (PD) or to a comparison group that received the "business as usual" PD provided by Head Start. The PD intervention provided teachers with conceptual knowledge and instructional strategies that…

Wasik, Barbara A.; Hindman, Annemarie H.

2011-01-01

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Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This serial issue contains 12 articles on the theme of "Professional Development," specifically about how teachers in the Bread Loaf Rural Teacher Network (BLRTN) are fostering their own and each other's development as teachers. The BLRTN consists of approximately 260 rural teachers in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New…

Benson, Chris, Ed.

2000-01-01

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The Assessment Skills and Knowledge Standards: Professionalizing the Work of Assessing Student Learning and Development  

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This article offers a brief discussion on the Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Standards. The ASK Standards provide a consistent framework that outlines the skills and knowledge that should be advanced in educational sessions. It also recognizes the critical importance of assessment in the roles and responsibilities of student affairs…

Henning, Gavin W.; Mitchell, Alice A.; Maki, Peggy L.

2008-01-01

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Professionalizing the Economic Developer.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

As an emerging profession, economic development has standards of professionalism that are not yet completely defined. Demands for recognition and expectations of greater accountability are leading to necessary improvements in training and performance. Requirements of the profession include unique interdisciplinary skills (leadership, theoretical,…

Waterhouse, Mark D.

1997-01-01

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Computer Based Instruction of Professional Psychological Skill Acquisition.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The developments in information technology and multimedia give new opportunities to increase the efficiency and quality of skills education. This paper presents three applications developed in the Netherlands to enhance professional skills learning in different areas of psychology: (1) BioPsy, an application developed to teach and train the…

van Ouwerkerk, R. J.; Hoebe, M. N.; Oldersma, F. L.; Meijman, T. F.; van Oudenhoven-van der Zee, K. I.

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Developing Interdisciplinary Skills and Professional Confidence in Palliative Care Social Work Students  

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Research suggests that better educational preparation is necessary to assure that health care social workers have the competencies essential for high quality interdisciplinary palliative care practice. This study is a qualitative evaluation of those elements contributing to competence and confidence in interdisciplinary practice skills of second…

Supiano, Katherine P.; Berry, Patricia H.

2013-01-01

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The Role the Collegiate American Marketing Association Plays in Professional and Entrepreneurial Skill Development  

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Professional student organizations offer members a wide range of learning opportunities for applied marketing experiences. Little research exists in the marketing education literature on the role student organizations play in preparing their members for life beyond school. Understanding what students seek as members of such organizations and how…

Peltier, James W.; Scovotti, Carol; Pointer, Lucille

2008-01-01

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Skill development among student affairs professionals in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III  

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& Barr, 1990). Specifically related to student affairs Creamer, Winston, and Miller (2001) described similar characteristics of a profession: theory-based practice, adherence to ethical standards, professional involvement, advocacy for students... best practices? (p. 311). Barr (1990) identified five ways people enter the student affairs profession: the intentional decision, the unintentional decision, organizational realignment, specialty preparation, and remaining uncommitted. People who...

Roberts, Darby Michelle

2004-09-30

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Developing 21st Century Skills through Effective Professional Development: A Study of Jamestown Polytechnic Charter School Organization  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Literature has shown that professional development is most effective when it is ongoing, involves active, collective participation, and has coherence with the overall curriculum and teacher experience. This study was designed to examine the manner and extent to which Jamestown Polytechnic Charter School Organization designs and implements…

Olabuenaga, Gina

2010-01-01

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Professional development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The three sessions of the professional development workshop series were each designed for a different audience. The purpose of the first session was to help mid-career physicists aspire for and achieve leadership roles. The second session brought together students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career physicists to help them plan their career goals and navigate the steps important to launching a successful career. The final session sought to increase awareness of the results of physics education research, and how to use them to help students-especially women-learn physics better. The presentations and discussions were valuable for both female and male physicists.

Yoon, Jin Hee; Hartline, Beverly Karplus; Milner-Bolotin, Marina

2013-03-01

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Illinois Occupational Skill Standards. Meeting Professional Cluster.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document, which is intended as a guide for workforce preparation program providers, details the Illinois occupational skill standards for programs preparing students for employment in the meeting professional occupational cluster. It begins with a brief overview of the Illinois perspective on occupational skill standards and credentialing,…

Illinois Occupational Skill Standards and Credentialing Council, Carbondale.

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Mediation and Conflict Resolution in a Multicultural Context: New Skills for Student Development Professionals.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

With the increase in violence over the past few decades, academic and human development practitioners have tried to better understand the dynamics of conflict and develop effective intervention and prevention strategies. There is an ever-deepening appreciation for the mediation process. The mediation process is a powerful problem-solving and…

Martin, Peter B.

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Communication Skills Training for Oncology Professionals  

PubMed Central

Purpose To provide a state-of-the-art review of communication skills training (CST) that will guide the establishment of a universal curriculum for fellows of all cancer specialties undertaking training as oncology professionals today. Methods Extensive literature review including meta-analyses of trials, conceptual models, techniques, and potential curricula provides evidence for the development of an appropriate curriculum and CST approach. Examples from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center CST program are incorporated. Results A core curriculum embraces CST modules in breaking bad news and discussing unanticipated adverse events, discussing prognosis, reaching a shared treatment decision, responding to difficult emotions, coping with survivorship, running a family meeting, and transitioning to palliative care and end of life. Achievable outcomes are growth in clinician's self-efficacy, uptake of new communication strategies and skills, and transfer of these strategies and skills into the clinic. Outcomes impacting patient satisfaction, improved adaptation, and enhanced quality of life are still lacking. Conclusion Future communication challenges include genetic risk communication, concepts like watchful waiting, cumulative radiation risk, late effects of treatment, discussing Internet information and unproven therapies, phase I trial enrollment, and working as a multidisciplinary team. Patient benefits, such as increased treatment adherence and enhanced adaptation, need to be demonstrated from CST. PMID:22412145

Kissane, David W.; Bylund, Carma L.; Banerjee, Smita C.; Bialer, Philip A.; Levin, Tomer T.; Maloney, Erin K.; D'Agostino, Thomas A.

2012-01-01

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Library and information science : Skills for twenty-first century professionals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – To review skills needed by library and information science (LIS) professionals in the twenty-first century and suggest a new approach to four key skills. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – Considers the DNA skills approach of Hallam and Partridge and analyses the four skills using examples of innovative developments in library and information services. Findings – LIS professionals need a range of

Roxanne Missingham

2006-01-01

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Preparing technical communicators for future workplaces: a model that integrates teaming, professional communication skills, and a software development process  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper outlines a model that uses teaming as a framework to support professional communication and process to improve student performance, as measured by the quality of output. It describes a pedagogical approach used in a computer science undergraduate senior class that integrates teaming, professional communication and a software development process. The approach demonstrates the importance of team instruction and

Margaret R. Heil

1999-01-01

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Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book provides in-depth guidance for students, scientists, managers, and professionals in achieving conservation goals through better communication. It introduces communication approaches--marketing and mass media, citizen participation, public information, environmental interpretation, and conservation education activities--and offers scores…

Jacobson, Susan K.

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Effects of Web-Mediated Teacher Professional Development on the Language and Literacy Skills of Children Enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten Programs  

PubMed Central

As early education grows in the United States, in-service professional development in key instructional and interaction skills is a core component of capacity-building in early childhood education. In this paper, we describe results from an evaluation of the effects of MyTeachingPartner, a web-based system of professional development, on language and literacy development during pre-kindergarten for 1338 children in 161 teachers’ classrooms. High levels of support for teachers’ implementation of language/literacy activities showed modest but significant effects for improving early language and literacy for children in classrooms in which English was the dominant language spoken by the students and teachers. The combination of web-based supports, including video-based consultation and web-based video teaching exemplars, was more effective at improving children’s literacy and language skills than was only making available to teachers a set of instructional materials and detailed lesson guides. These results suggest the importance of targeted, practice-focused supports for teachers in designing professional development systems for effective teaching in early childhood programs. PMID:23144591

Downer, Jason; Pianta, Robert; Fan, Xitao; Hamre, Bridget; Mashburn, Andrew; Justice, Laura

2012-01-01

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The effectiveness of a long-term professional development program on teachers' self-efficacy, attitudes, skills, and knowledge using a thematic learning approach  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this research study was to determine the effectiveness of a long-term professional development program on self-efficacy beliefs, science attitudes, skills, and knowledge of elementary teachers. The target school was located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Major elements of the study included the use of thematic science strands, use of the 5E constructivist-oriented instructional model, a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the science process skills, and guided, inquiry-based learning experiences. These elements mirror the principles identified as being essential components of effective professional development for mathematics, and science education (Fullan, 1985; Sparks & Loucks-Horsley, 1990; Loucks-Horsley, 1997). The research team was actively involved with the participants for a total of 30 days at their school over the 24 months of the study. During each training, the research team modeled the 5E constructivist-oriented instructional strategy, and the interdisciplinary nature of the science process skills, set up a wide variety of activity centers, and provided the teachers with opportunities to improve their attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the science content, and teaching strategies. The 15 participants completed pre-, post-, and post-post-Leadership Team Surreys. Quantitative data analyses of gain scores measuring level of confidence to teach Marine and Earth Science, content knowledge, and teaching strategies were significant, p < .001. The participants' efficacy-beliefs and outcome expectancy were assessed with a pre- and posttest Science Teacher Self-Efficacy Beliefs Instrument that measures both elements. Self-efficacy beliefs were significant at p < .001. Outcome expectancies were not significant, p > .05. Qualitative analysis of reflective journal comments, classroom observations, and the participants understanding, and use of science process skills across the curriculum supported the quantitative data results. The data demonstrate significant improvement in the self-efficacy beliefs, attitudes, skills, and knowledge toward teaching science of the Pre-Kindergarten--2nd -grade teachers who participated in this long-term professional development study.

Tinnin, Richard Kinna

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School Leadership Skill Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between what is currently understood about skills for school leadership and the need for a greater understanding of those skills. The importance of developing leadership skills to improve school performance and effectiveness is great. In the field of school leadership, most leaders…

Weigel, Richard A.

2013-01-01

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Developing Scientists' "Soft" Skills  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A great deal of professional advice directed at undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and even early-career scientists focuses on technical skills necessary to succeed in a complex work environment in which problems transcend disciplinary boundaries. Collaborative research approaches are emphasized, as are cross-training and gaining nonacademic experiences [Moslemi et al., 2009].

Gordon, Wendy

2014-02-01

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Medical students as EMTs: skill building, confidence and professional formation  

PubMed Central

Objective The first course of the medical curriculum at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges and Responsibilities, provides an innovative early clinical immersion. The course content specific to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum was developed using the New York State Emergency Medical Technician curriculum. Students gain early legitimate clinical experience and practice clinical skills as team members in the pre-hospital environment. We hypothesized this novel curriculum would increase students’ confidence in their ability to perform patient care skills and enhance students’ comfort with team-building skills early in their training. Methods Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from first-year medical students (n=97) through a survey developed to assess students’ confidence in patient care and team-building skills. The survey was completed prior to medical school, during the final week of the course, and at the end of their first year. A paired-samples t-test was conducted to compare self-ratings on 12 patient care and 12 team-building skills before and after the course, and a theme analysis was conducted to examine open-ended responses. Results Following the course, student confidence in patient care skills showed a significant increase from baseline (p<0.05) for all identified skills. Student confidence in team-building skills showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in 4 of the 12 identified skills. By the end of the first year, 84% of the first-year students reported the EMT curriculum had ‘some impact’ to ‘great impact’ on their patient care skills, while 72% reported the EMT curriculum had ‘some impact’ to ‘great impact’ on their team-building skills. Conclusions The incorporation of EMT training early in a medical school curriculum provides students with meaningful clinical experiences that increase their self-reported level of confidence in the performance of patient care skills early in their medical education. PMID:25056855

Kwiatkowski, Thomas; Rennie, William; Fornari, Alice; Akbar, Salaahuddin

2014-01-01

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CAAMP Professional Development Reading List  

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Habits of Highly Effective People #12;ARTICLES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Admin Skills for 2011 and Beyond The Right People and Get A Great Job How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep How to Spot to working with any high-powered employer Booher's Rules of Business Grammar: 101 Fast and Easy Ways

Ginzel, Matthew

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Continuing Professional Development: Best Practices  

PubMed Central

Continuing professional development (CPD) involves not only educational activities to enhance medical competence in medical knowledge and skills, but also in management, team building, professionalism, interpersonal communication, technology, teaching, and accountability. This paper aims at reviewing best practices to promote effective CPD. Principles and guidelines, as already defined by some professional societies and world organizations, are emphasized as core actions to best enhance an effective lifelong learning after residency. The personal learning plan (PLP) is discussed as the core of a well-structured CPD and we describe how it should be created. Fundamental CPD principles and how they are integrated in the framework of every physician's professional life will be described. The value of systematic and comprehensive CPD documentation and assessment is emphasized. Accreditation requirements and professional relationships with commercial sponsors are discussed. PMID:24791104

Filipe, Helena P.; Silva, Eduardo D.; Stulting, Andries A.; Golnik, Karl C.

2014-01-01

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Authentic Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Choosing Higher Options in Community Education (CHOICE) Alternative School is devoted to professional development. This report documents the need for and planning of sustained and supported professional development for 4 staff members at the CHOICE Alternative School in Jamestown, New York. There was no focused plan or vision for staff development

Kenneson, Paula M.

1999-01-01

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North Carolina Human Resource Professionals’ Perceptions of Soft Skill Competencies  

Microsoft Academic Search

The identification of competencies needed by hospitality managers has been investigated since the 1980s. In all of the competency research related to management, essential competencies include skills that can be classified as soft skills. The purpose of the authors in this project is to have human resource professionals rate the importance of soft skill competencies found in literature, and to

Melvin R. Weber; Alleah Crawford; Dori Dennison

2012-01-01

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Developing Geoscience Students' Quantitative Skills  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Sophisticated quantitative skills are an essential tool for the professional geoscientist. While students learn many of these sophisticated skills in graduate school, it is increasingly important that they have a strong grounding in quantitative geoscience as undergraduates. Faculty have developed many strong approaches to teaching these skills in a wide variety of geoscience courses. A workshop in June 2005 brought together eight faculty teaching surface processes and climate change to discuss and refine activities they use and to publish them on the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences website (serc.Carleton.edu/quantskills) for broader use. Workshop participants in consultation with two mathematics faculty who have expertise in math education developed six review criteria to guide discussion: 1) Are the quantitative and geologic goals central and important? (e.g. problem solving, mastery of important skill, modeling, relating theory to observation); 2) Does the activity lead to better problem solving? 3) Are the quantitative skills integrated with geoscience concepts in a way that makes sense for the learning environment and supports learning both quantitative skills and geoscience? 4) Does the methodology support learning? (e.g. motivate and engage students; use multiple representations, incorporate reflection, discussion and synthesis) 5) Are the materials complete and helpful to students? 6) How well has the activity worked when used? Workshop participants found that reviewing each others activities was very productive because they thought about new ways to teach and the experience of reviewing helped them think about their own activity from a different point of view. The review criteria focused their thinking about the activity and would be equally helpful in the design of a new activity. We invite a broad international discussion of the criteria(serc.Carleton.edu/quantskills/workshop05/review.html).The Teaching activities can be found on the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences website (serc.Carleton.edu/quantskills/). In addition to the teaching activity collection (85 activites), this site contains a variety of resources to assist faculty with the methods they use to teach quantitative skills at both the introductory and advanced levels; information about broader efforts in quantitative literacy involving other science disciplines, and a special section of resources for students who are struggling with their quantitative skills. The site is part of the Digital Library for Earth Science Education and has been developed by geoscience faculty in collaboration with mathematicians and mathematics educators with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Manduca, C. A.; Hancock, G. S.

2005-12-01

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A Comprehensive Review of Professional Development in South Carolina.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examined professional development offered in South Carolina, how it was offered, support given to implement skills acquired from professional development, and how professional development enhanced academic goals outlined in district and school strategic plans. The paper describes characteristics of high quality professional development

Haslam, M. Bruce; Fabiano, Lara

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Practical intelligence in IT: assessing soft skills of IT professionals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Introduction What qualities make a successful it professional? Certainty strong technical skills are sine qua non. As a result, the technology geek remains the stereotype of an information technology (IT) professional. Indeed, when companies hire IT professionals, their focus is often on the \\

Damien Joseph; Soon Ang; Roger H. L. Chang; Sandra A. Slaughter

2010-01-01

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Professional Environment for Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduction. Teaching and training are at the heart of the knowledge society where the continuing professional development of teachers and trainers provides the cornerstone for the development of a high quality education and training systems. The Aim of the Study. To identify a design of professional environment for teacher professional

Zascerinska, Jelena

2010-01-01

54

Professional Development for You  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

No Child Left Behind's emphasis on accountability and demands for a quality teacher in every classroom has spawned a cottage industry of providers of professional development. How can educators begin to sort through them all to find the right choice? This article provides some suggestions for providing relevant, meaningful professional development.

Kaser, Joyce S.

2004-02-01

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Professional Development & Student Achievement.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional development is viewed from several perspectives--time, funding, planning, and student outcomes--and includes both an urban and a rural story. This issue provides a special pullout section designed as a checklist to help guide professional development planning activities. The following articles are included: "Perspectives on Managing…

Kroeger, Marianne, Ed.; Blaser, Stephanie, Ed.; Raack, Lenaya, Ed.; Cooper, Cinder, Ed.; Kinder, Ann, Ed.

2000-01-01

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Teaching the literacy of professionalism: when clinical skills are not enough.  

PubMed

Many RNs seeking their BSN degrees do not have well-developed nonclinical professional skills related to scholarship. To address this issue, faculty used the Community of Inquiry Framework to develop an elective, online course to help RN-BSN students explore professional growth through writing, presenting, and portfolio development. The authors discuss the course and its outcomes. PMID:22513772

Smith, Yvonne M; Caplin, Marcy

2012-01-01

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The Impact of Professional Development on Teacher Learning, Practice and Leadership Skills: A Study on the Integration of Technology in the Teaching of Writing  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study reports on the design, implementation, and outcomes of a research-based professional development program aimed at helping teachers integrate technology in the teaching of writing. The program was funded by the National Writing Project (NWP), a pioneer professional development model for teachers of writing across the United States.…

Scott, Patricia; Mouza, Chrystalla

2007-01-01

58

Professionalism, Professionality and the Development of Education Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

What purpose is served by renovation or redesign of professionalism, and how successful a process is it likely to be? This article addresses these questions by examining the effectiveness as a professional development mechanism of the imposition of changes to policy and/or practice that require modification or renovation of professionalism. The…

Evans, Linda

2008-01-01

59

Professional Development for Teachers: What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional development--formal in-service training to upgrade the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of teachers--is widely viewed as an important means of improving teaching and learning. While many interventions "include" professional development, professional development was the central intervention of the two recent research and…

Quint, Janet

2011-01-01

60

Professionally Developing as a Teacher Educator  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There is growing interest in the professional development of teacher educators as the demands, expectations, and requirements of teacher education increasingly come under scrutiny. The manner in which teacher educators learn to traverse their world of work in the development of their knowledge, skills, and ability is important. This article…

Loughran, John

2014-01-01

61

Towards a Structural Model Connecting Hard Skills, Soft Skills and Job Conditions and the IS Professional: The Student Perspective  

Microsoft Academic Search

The IS professional is a person endowed with certain professional skills and attributes usually formally obtained through an education process. The IS professional may also have formal skills in peripheral, non technical areas that may too be obtained through a formal education process. This is typical now in the education of IS students who are aspiring IS professional. In addition

Rodney Turner

62

Advanced Skills Teachers: Professional Identity and Status  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The teaching profession continues to struggle with defining itself in relation to other professions. Even though public opinion positions teachers second only to doctors and nurses in terms of their professional status and prestige research in the UK suggests that teachers still believe that they have much lower status than other professions. With…

Fuller, C.; Goodwyn, A.; Francis-Brophy, E.

2013-01-01

63

Perspectives: Making the Most of Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Teacher preparation programs help teachers build a foundation for entering the teaching profession. However, learning to teach science cannot be achieved in a mere four years--it is a lifelong endeavor. Teachers continue to learn new science content and new teaching strategies throughout their careers. As professionals, they consistently update their knowledge and skills, reflecting upon and improving their practice. Professional development (PD), in all of its forms, is the key to science teacher learning. This month's column discusses how science teachers can benefit from professional development experiences.

Lee, Michele H.; Abell, Sandra K.

2008-04-01

64

Electronic Portfolios for Authentic Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses the use of electronic portfolios by school library media specialists for professional development as a resume, an evaluation instrument, or other types of credential documentation. Includes guidelines for building a successful portfolio, including appropriate software selection; audience considerations; and technology skill

Heath, Marilyn

2003-01-01

65

Breaking Professional Boundaries: What the MacCrate Report on Lawyering Skills and Values Means for TPC Programs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1992, the American Bar Association released the MacCrate Report, which listed the ten skills and four professional values that all attorneys need and critiqued law schools and state bars for not doing enough to teach and encourage the development of these skills and values. In response, law schools have significantly increased the skills-based…

Todd, Jeff

2008-01-01

66

Exploring German Preservice Teachers' Electronic and Professional Literacy Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article presents findings from an exploratory pilot project which aimed at fostering electronic and professional literacy skills of preservice language teachers through computer-mediated peer collaboration. The research context is a qualitative case study involving cooperation via the email and chat functions of "FirstClass" among preservice…

Fuchs, Carolin

2006-01-01

67

Teaching Energy Science as Inquiry: Reflections on Professional Development as a Tool to Build Inquiry Teaching Skills for Middle and High School Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A hybrid (face-to-face and online) professional development (PD) course focused on energy science for middle and high school teachers (N = 47) was conducted using the teaching science as inquiry (TSI) framework. Data from the PD indicates that online opportunities enhanced participation and that the TSI structure improved teachers' inquiry…

Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Philippoff, Joanna; Parisky, Alex; Degnan, Katherine; Warren, Diana Papini

2013-01-01

68

Professional Integration: A Guide for Students from the Developing World.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book is designed to help foreign students from developing countries make the transition from academic training in the United States to a professional career in the home country. The process of professional integration includes both cultural reentry and professional dimensions of reentry. Attention is directed to specific skills and knowledge…

Hood, Mary Ann G., Ed.; Schieffer, Kevin J., Ed.

69

Professional Development Is the Job.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explores the meaning of professional development in the context of standards-based education and describes professional development as it is being put into place in New York City's Community School District 2, a racially and socioeconomically diverse city school district. Professional development must become an everyday activity in teaching. (SLD)

Alvarado, Anthony

1998-01-01

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The importance of professional skills alongside scientific and technical excellence to underpin ethical geoscience practice  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is consensus that reliable ground models, based on a sound understanding of the geology and surface processes are vital as a basis for natural hazard identification and risk assessment, and there is a great deal of skill and experience in the geoscience community with mapping, modelling and predicting natural hazards and their likely impacts. This presentation will highlight the contributions of geology and geomorphology in the identification of natural hazards and mitigation of their impacts. It will then consider a range of "professional skills" that are needed by geoscientists working with other specialists and non-specialists (e.g. engineers, emergency services, land-use planners, architects responsible for building codes, politicians, regulators, the public etc) alongside technical and scientific excellence. It will argue that development and application of both scientific/technical and professional skills is essential to ensure that the maps, models and other data relevant to natural hazards and environmental change are used to provide effective public protection through communication, land-use planning and planning for resilience. The professional skills of particular importance include interdisciplinary collaboration; project management; cost-benefit analysis; effective communication with specialists and non specialists (especially the public); and facilitative skills. All the technical, scientific and professional skills need to be applied competently and with the highest standards of ethical underpinning. The contribution will consider how this can be achieved (or at least facilitated) through professional training, award of professional titles, licensure etc, drawing on international examples of best practice in professional codes of conduct and regulation directed to the protection of the public.

Allington, Ruth; Fernandez-Fuentes, Isabel

2013-04-01

71

Professional Development Design: Embedding Educational Reform in New Zealand  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Teacher professional development variously supports ongoing skill development, new knowledge, and systems change. In New Zealand, the implementation of major assessment reforms in senior secondary schools provided opportunity to investigate teacher professional development as a function of the particular stage of an educational reform.…

Starkey, Louise; Yates, Anne; Meyer, Luanna H.; Hall, Cedric; Taylor, Mike; Stevens, Susan; Toia, Rawiri

2009-01-01

72

Perceptions of Professional and Educational Skills Learning Opportunities Made Available through K-12 Robotics Programming  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study is to examine whether participation in robotics provides opportunities for educational and professional skill development, significant enough to merit the recommendation of robotics courses as a part of mainstream curriculum offerings in K-12 schools. This non-experimental, mixed methods study examined current junior high…

Bakke, Christine K.

2013-01-01

73

Professional Development School and Teacher Preparedness: Perceptions of Student Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast Professional Development School (PDS) and non-Professional Development School intern/student teachers' views at the end of their student teaching experiences in terms of their (a) perceptions of the knowledge and skills they perceived the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at the University of…

Watson, Sandy White

2004-01-01

74

Child Development Associate. Body Skills Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This Child Development Associate (CDA) training module, one of a series of 18, is intended to provide the intern with the knowledge and skills necessary for helping children develop their body skills. The module stipulates competency-based objectives and provides essential information, suggestions, examples and learning activities on three topics…

Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.

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Designing Professional Development That Works.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

By studying survey data from 1,000 teachers participating in a Title II workshop, researchers identified three structural features (form, duration, and collective participation) that set a proper context for professional development. Three core features of professional-development learning experience include content focus, active learning, and…

Birman, Beatrice F.; Desimone, Laura; Porter, Andrew C.; Garet, Michael S.

2000-01-01

76

Professional Development in Corporate Training.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Organizational and workplace changes are altering the work of trainers and consequently their professional development needs. Training and development professionals need a foundation in training design and delivery with the ability to incorporate multiple perspectives, delivery systems, and locations and to be responsive to change. (SK)

Meyer, Susan R.; Marsick, Victoria J.

2003-01-01

77

Promoting Early Literacy through the Professional Development of Preschool Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a professional learning program on the emergent literacy skills of preschool children. Building Blocks for Literacy® is a program consisting of training supported by mentoring designed to teach early childcare providers how to promote the development of early literacy skills. A previous…

Lane, Cristianne; Prokop, Mary Jo Surges; Johnson, Evelyn; Podhajski, Blanche; Nathan, Jane

2014-01-01

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Enhancing Professional Development through Reading Professional Literature.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reading professional literature may be undertaken without a large investment of time or money, yet it still provides a way to increase one's professional knowledge and maintain competencies. To be successful in one's reading, the adult education practitioner needs to consider three aspects of a professional reading program: finding the time,…

Slusarski, Susan B.

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Problem-Based Learning in Entry-Level Athletic Training Professional-Education Programs: A Model for Developing Critical-Thinking and Decision-Making Skills  

PubMed Central

Objective: To establish the underlying theory and benefits and describe the implementation of a problem-based learning curriculum. Data Sources: I searched MEDLINE, SPORT Discus, and nursing, evidence-based medicine, and educational psychology databases from 1987 through 2002 using the terms problem-based learning, physical therapy, nursing, and medicine. Data Synthesis: In the problem-based learning process, students encounter a problem, bring to it their preconceived understanding (accurate or not), learn to identify what they need to learn to better understand the problem, engage in self-directed study, and begin to resolve the problem. Problem-based learning has its origins in medical education but is widely used in K–12 education, social sciences, health professions education, law, business administration, engineering, and aviation. An entry-level master of science degree program in athletic training based on problem-based learning and integrated clinical education is described. Conclusions/Recommendations: Problem-based learning curricula, if implemented correctly, can facilitate the entry-level athletic training student's professional development into that of a life-long learner who bases clinical decisions and procedures on the best available evidence. PMID:12937544

Heinrichs, Kristinn I.

2002-01-01

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Teaching Energy Science as Inquiry: Reflections on Professional Development as a Tool to Build Inquiry Teaching Skills for Middle and High School Teachers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A hybrid (face-to-face and online) professional development (PD) course focused on energy science for middle and high school teachers (N = 47) was conducted using the teaching science as inquiry (TSI) framework. Data from the PD indicates that online opportunities enhanced participation and that the TSI structure improved teachers' inquiry implementation. Teachers found the TSI modes of inquiry easily accessible and effectively implemented them (modes correspond to the inquiry mechanisms of investigation, such as product evaluation, authoritative, inductive, deductive, and descriptive). On the other hand, the TSI phase structure (i.e. learning cycle) was most helpful for teachers novice to inquiry teaching, suggesting that modification of the PD is needed to promote more in-depth use of the phases in the TSI framework. In terms of content, teacher interest in energy science was high, which resulted in implementation of energy science activities across a range of disciplines. However, teachers' confidence in teaching energy science through inquiry was low compared to similar TSI PD courses on other subjects (mean perceived pedagogical content knowledge = 8.96 ± 2.07 SD for energy compared to 15.45 ± 1.83, 16.44 ± 1.81 and 15.63 ± 1.69, for elementary astronomy, high school aquatic science, and college aquatic science, respectively). These data support current findings on the complexities of teaching and understanding energy science content and suggest the need for additional teacher PD opportunities in energy science in order to provide opportunities for teachers to increase both their content knowledge and their confidence in teaching energy science.

Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Philippoff, Joanna; Parisky, Alex; Degnan, Katherine; Warren, Diana Papini

2013-06-01

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Desired professional development pathways for clinical pharmacists.  

PubMed

The 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Certification Affairs Committee was charged with developing guidelines for the desired professional development pathways for clinical pharmacists. This document summarizes recommendations for postgraduate education and training for graduates of U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy and describes the preferred pathways for achieving, demonstrating, and maintaining competence as clinical pharmacists. After initial licensure within the state or jurisdiction in which the pharmacist intends to practice, completion of an accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency is recommended to further develop the knowledge and skills needed to optimize medication therapy outcomes. An accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should be completed if a pharmacist wishes to seek employment in a specific therapeutic area or practice setting, if such a residency exists. Clinical pharmacists intending to conduct advanced research that is competitive for federal funding are encouraged to complete a fellowship or graduate education. Initial certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) or other appropriate sponsoring organizations should be completed in the desired primary therapeutic area or practice setting within 2 years after accepting a position within the desired specific therapeutic area or practice setting. Clinical pharmacists subsequently will need to meet the requirements to maintain pharmacist licensure and board certification. Traineeships, practice-based activities, and certificate programs can be used to obtain additional knowledge and skills that support professional growth. Pharmacists are strongly encouraged to adopt a lifelong, systematic process for professional development and work with ACCP and other professional organizations to facilitate the development and implementation of innovative strategies to assess core practice competencies. PMID:23401084

Shord, Stacy S; Schwinghammer, Terry L; Badowski, Melissa; Banderas, Julie; Burton, Michael E; Chapleau, Christopher A; Gallagher, Jason C; Matsuura, Gregory; Parli, Sara E; Yunker, Nancy

2013-04-01

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The effect of Problem/Project-Based Learning on a desired skill set for construction professionals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to investigate if a Problem/Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach can affect certain non-technical, "soft" skills of construction engineers. Such skills include leadership, adaptability, and stress management. In mixed design research, quantitative and qualitative data are assembled and analyzed collectively. For this study, two separate assessment tools were used for the quantitative portion, while open-ended written reflections and a partially closed-ended senior questionnaire were implemented for the qualitative portion. A hypothetical model was used to investigate certain soft skills based on prior research documenting need. Skills investigated were confidence, stress coping, leadership, communication skills, adaptability, and management skills. Descriptive statistics, open-ended final written reflections, and a partially closed-ended senior questionnaire were used to analyze the data. PBL is a process in which the students are challenged to develop realistic solutions on open, less structured, real world type problems. The results of this study performed with the combined count of nearly 60 students suggest that PBL can influence several soft skills of senior construction engineers. Specifically, these findings demonstrate the following: (a) PBL appears to affect students' soft skills; (b) students appear to recognize the realism and "real world" applicability that PBL brings to their skill development; and (c) the data suggest that the experience is holistic and offers opportunities for balanced growth in several ways. Some key competencies such as communication and leadership indicated significant enhancements. Although this study was limited to one academic year of the university's construction engineering program, it provides interesting insight to changes within the time period investigated. This study should be replicated in other construction engineering environments to investigate a larger population sample. In addition, industry, professional consultants, and academic entities are encouraged to review current learning methods to ensure that they are implementing the findings and methodology offered in this study.

Sirotiak, Todd L.

83

Quantity and quality in nuclear engineering professional skills needed by the nuclear power industry  

SciTech Connect

This paper examines the challenge of work force requirements in the context of the full range of issues facing the nuclear power industry. The supply of skilled managers and workers may be a more serious problem if nuclear power fades away than if it is reborn in a new generation. An even greater concern, however, is the quality of education that the industry needs in all its future professionals. Both government and industry should be helping universities adapt their curricula to the needs of the future. This means building a closer relationship with schools that educate nuclear professionals, that is, providing adequate scholarships and funding for research and development programs, offering in-kind services, and encouraging internships and other opportunities for hands-on experience. The goal should not be just state-of-the-art engineering practices, but the broad range of knowledge, issues, and skills that will be required of the nuclear leadership of the twenty-first century.

Slember, R.J.

1990-01-01

84

Building Research Capacity of Medical Students and Health Professionals in Rural Communities: Leveraging a Rural Clinical School's Resources to Conduct Research Skills Workshops  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The paper reports on a project where the objective was for the Rural Clinical School, The University of Queensland, Australia, to design an acceptable model of research skills workshops for medical students and rural health professionals. Eight, interactive research skills workshops focused on skill development were conducted in rural Queensland,…

Lasserre, Kaye E.; Moffatt, Jennifer J.

2013-01-01

85

Professional Values: Key to Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Affective domain learning, including values formation, is an important part of humanistic nursing education. The American Nurses Association code of ethics articulates professional values. For full embodiment of these values to occur, educators and the profession must work together. (Contains 30 references.) (SK)

Weis, Darlene; Schank, Mary Jane

2002-01-01

86

The Developing English Skills and Knowledge (DESK) Program Handbook  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of the DESK (Developing English Skills and Knowledge) Program at Louisiana State University (LSU) is to help deaf and hard of hearing students make a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary institutions and, in doing so, to ensure their academic and professional success. This handbook documents, in a "how-to" format, Dr.…

Rohloff, Jean

2009-01-01

87

Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills through WebQuests  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this study, 32 teachers participated in a year-long professional development project related to technology integration in which they designed and implemented a WebQuest. This paper describes the extent to which higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) and levels of technology implementation (LoTI) occur in the WebQuests that participants designed.…

Polly, Drew; Ausband, Leigh

2009-01-01

88

Teaching Assistant Professional Development by and for TAs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In most large universities, much of the undergraduate teaching responsibility falls on graduate student teaching assistants (TAs), who are by then experienced students, but relatively inexperienced instructors. Institutions have a responsibility to offer quality instruction to undergraduate students and thus are responsible for preparing the TAs to teach. Unfortunately, many TA training programs fall short of effectively improving TAs' teaching skills because they lack sufficient practical skills training, opportunities for practice and feedback, and follow-up. This paper describes a year-round TA professional development program that addresses these shortcomings by offering three complementary professional development programs: a core workshop, a mentor program, and a course-specific training program.

Holmes, Natasha G.; Martinuk, Matthew ``Sandy''; Ives, Joss; Warren, Mya

2013-04-01

89

FGSR Professional Development Communication  

E-print Network

that currently there is no method to fully cure cancer and that you are developing this new technique that has. Are you going to be the next pope or the curer of cancer? Find some common ground between you and your of asking them about the limitations of the current methods of treating cancer, tell them briefly

MacMillan, Andrew

90

Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Leadership and the Diverse Learner  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Make science teaching better for every student. Help learners from different backgrounds--and with different learning styles--by developing new skills, resources, and knowledge. This book discusses the ways in which professional development can help you handle equity and diversity issues in the classroom. Among the topics: � How professional development can help teachers motivate and increase participation by women and minorities in science � Using professional development to promote change � Professional development's role in leadership development and reform

2001-01-01

91

Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Leadership and the Diverse Learner (e-book)  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Make science teaching better for every student. Help learners from different backgrounds--and with different learning styles--by developing new skills, resources, and knowledge. This book discusses the ways in which professional development can help you handle equity and diversity issues in the classroom. Among the topics: � How professional development can help teachers motivate and increase participation by women and minorities in science � Using professional development to promote change � Professional development's role in leadership development and reform

2009-04-23

92

Schools as Professional Learning Communities: Collaborative Activities and Strategies for Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book presents strategies for providing learning and professional development opportunities for teachers that lead to the building of community in schools. The purpose of the book is to provide educational leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with teachers, parents, administrators, students, and the community at…

Roberts, Sylvia M.; Pruitt, Eunice Z.

93

Getting to the Heart of Assessment: The Liberal Studies/Professional Skills Program at Inver Hills Community College.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes the Liberal Studies/Professional Skills (LS/PS) faculty development program at Inver Hills Community College (Minnesota). Reports that the program began with the intent to develop an assessment process that would provide immediate benefits to students and faculty. Explains that it goes beyond transcripts to verify student competencies…

McGregor, Julia

2002-01-01

94

Developing Professionals: Student Experiences of a Real-Client Project  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study investigated the learning potential of the student experience of working with real clients in a final-year undergraduate unit that aims to develop professional skills. Students, working in consultancy teams, developed communication strategies for a not-for-profit organisation. A teaching intervention was trialled late in semester to…

Fitch, Kate

2011-01-01

95

Professional Development: Catalyst for Change?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Difficulty securing adequate professional development (PD) has long been a barrier to the effective implementation of educational technology. Concerns about the dearth of PD for helping teachers integrate technology into their instructional practices raised nearly 25 years ago appear to still hold true despite repeated calls for increased…

Niederhauser, Dale; Wessling, Sarah

2011-01-01

96

Technology and Teacher Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report summarizes the first of four workshops organized to take advantage of the experience and insights of those already implementing new technologies in the schools. The workshop examined professional development needs and consisted of a one and one-half day conversation with educators and experts working to apply communications technology…

Harvey, James, Ed.; Purnell, Susanna, Ed.

97

Professional Development Schools: Confronting Realities.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This collection of articles discusses the realities of Professional Development Schools (PDS) from the perspectives of school teachers, college faculty, college administrators, and other educational administrators. The articles focus on the five dimensions of PDS work (institutionalization, equity, standards and quality, inquiry, and financing).…

Lauter, Nancy J., Ed.

98

Professional Development for Dietetic Interns  

Microsoft Academic Search

We have developedProfessional Development for Dietetic Interns” (PDDI) — a multi-session, program with a variety of activities spanning the period of the internship (9.5 months). The program's purposes are to: 1) help interns achieve core competencies as required by the Commission on Accreditation\\/Approval for Dietetic Education (CAADE), 2) help interns (future Registered Dietitians) become familiar with the new recertification

J. Milkereit

1999-01-01

99

Utilizing Peer Observation as a Professional Development Tool to Learn in Context  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

De-contextualized professional development is the common route taken by school districts to addresses pedagogical skills and address change within an educational organization. Research suggests that the current process of professional development activities is limited if not ineffective. Research shows that another model of professional

Hirsch, Linda J.

2011-01-01

100

Virtual Reality Simulator Developed Welding Technology Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to identify the suitability of VR welding simulator application towards CBT in developing welding skills upon new trainees at the Centre of Instructor and Advanced Skills Training (CIAST) Shah Alam Selangor and National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) Pagoh Johor. The significance of the study was to create a…

Yunus, Faizal Amin Nur; Baser, Jamil Abd; Masran, Saiful Hadi; Razali, Nizamuddin; Rahim, Bekri

2011-01-01

101

Achieving the Goals. Goal 4: Teacher Education and Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Goal 4 of the National Education Goals envisions that teachers will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills. This book examines what federal agencies are doing to enhance teacher preparation, presents information on career-long development, and offers program descriptions and contact names. The first…

Department of Education, Washington, DC.

102

Multiplying the Effect of Professional Development: Teachers Training Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes the effects of participation and collaboration in an in-service professional development project for secondary content area teachers referred to as "turnaround training." The participating teachers were experienced, skilled practitioners in their content areas (math, science, social studies, or English language arts) who…

Hansen-Thomas, Holly; Casey, Patricia J.; Grosso, Liliana

2013-01-01

103

Teachers' Professional Development in Schools: Rhetoric versus Reality  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Across the country of Ethiopia, a centrally planned and prescribed professional development programme was implemented in schools, with the intention of enhancing teachers' knowledge, skills and disposition, thereby improving student learning and achievement. This article explores and describes the lived experiences of teachers involved in…

Gemeda, Fekede Tuli; Fiorucci, Massimiliano; Catarci, Marco

2014-01-01

104

An interventional model to develop health professionals in West Africa  

PubMed Central

The health sector is characterized by a human resource base lacking in numbers, specialized skills, and management skills. West African Health Organization (WAHO) recognizes the need within the West Africa sub-region for bilingual professionals who are skilled in public health, management, leadership, and information technology to build human capacity in public health and developed the Young Professionals Internship Program (YPIP). Our study explores the evolution of the programme. YPIP program has successfully carried out its original aims and objectives to equip young professionals with basic principles of public health, management, and leadership, acquire competence in a second official language (French, English, and Portuguese), information and communication technology. Contributing factors towards this successful evaluation included positive ratings and commentary from previous interns about the relevance, usefulness, and quality of the programme, encouraging feedback from WAHO management, trainers, administrators, and intern employers on the impact of the YPIP program on young professionals, supporting evidence that demonstrates increased knowledge in professional skills and language competency. PMID:25419290

Sanou, Anselme Simeon; Awoyale, Florence Adeola; Diallo, Abdoulaye

2014-01-01

105

Contracting for Professional Development in Academe  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Outlines strategy by which university department chairpersons, by clearly stating their expectations for faculty performance and by understanding the faculty members' personal professional goals, can organize support for professional development in teaching along with organizational development. (JT)

Buhl, Lance C.; Greenfield, Adele

1975-01-01

106

Measuring Professional Identity Development among Counselor Trainees  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examined the differences in professional identity development between novice and advanced counselor trainees (N = 161). Multivariate analyses of variance indicated significant differences between groups. Specifically, advanced counselor trainees demonstrated greater professional development compared with novice counselor trainees. No…

Prosek, Elizabeth A.; Hurt, Kara M.

2014-01-01

107

executive summary CONTINUING EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  

E-print Network

OF TORONTO better education better outcomesTM 2011 2016 Continuing Education and Professional Development improvement in CE, public and patient education, research and scholarship, and entrepreneurship. The Strategicexecutive summary CONTINUING EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY

Sun, Yu

108

Professional Development Needs for New Residential Life Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Education and training for student affairs professionals does not end with a master's degree. Although graduate preparation programs establish the foundation and knowledge base upon which to build, ongoing professional development is required in order to be effective in addressing the needs of today's college and university students. With a…

Henning, Gavin W.; Cilente, Kristan M.; Kennedy, Dean F.; Sloane, Tomecca M.

2011-01-01

109

Teachers' Professional Lives and Continuing Professional Development in Changing Times  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper presents a qualitative study about how teachers entering the profession at different times over the last five decades made sense of their professional lives and continuing professional development (CPD) experiences against the backdrop of the CPD policy infrastructure and wider educational context in Hong Kong. The life history method…

Tang, Sylvia Yee Fan; Choi, Pik Lin

2009-01-01

110

Teacher Professional Leadership in Support of Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Counteracting perceptions of teaching as a profession with a flat career trajectory may require professional leadership opportunities for experienced teachers that differ substantively from those typically available. This evaluation study investigated the results of a professional development initiative for subject specialist teachers seconded to…

Taylor, Mike; Yates, Anne; Meyer, Luanna H.; Kinsella, Penny

2011-01-01

111

Making connections to develop a professional network.  

PubMed

Developing a professional network is important for career growth and professional development. Networking can open doors for countless opportunities to gain new knowledge, meet new people, visit new places and advance your career. Successful networking involves identifying opportunities to meet and interact with people and to do so in a genuine way that fosters the development of a professional relationship. PMID:24750656

Chichester, Melanie

2014-01-01

112

A Cost Framework for Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Defines professional development and its key components; reviews previous research on professional development costs; examines problems with current fiscal accounting codes; proposes a framework for capturing professional development costs composed of six elements: teacher time; training and coaching; administration; materials, equipment, and…

Odden, Allan; Archibald, Sarah; Fermanich, Mark; Gallagher, H. Alix

2002-01-01

113

Soft Skills: The New Curriculum for Hard-Core Technical Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article, the authors talk about the importance of soft skills for hard-core technical professionals. In many technical professions, the complete focus of education and training is on technical topics either directly or indirectly related to a career or discipline. Students are generally required to master various mathematics skills,…

Bancino, Randy; Zevalkink, Claire

2007-01-01

114

Scientific & Professional Skills in Biology BIOL 500 Fall 2008 Sonoma State University  

E-print Network

Scientific & Professional Skills in Biology BIOL 500 ­ Fall 2008 ­ Sonoma State University Instructor: Karina Nielsen Office: Darwin 235 Phone: 664-2962 Email: karina.nielsen@sonoma.edu Office Hours to position themselves for the academic and professional worlds that await them after their tenure at Sonoma

Nielsen, Karina J.

115

Information Literacy for Health Professionals: Teaching Essential Information Skills with the Big6 Information Literacy Model  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Health professionals frequently do not possess the necessary information-seeking abilities to conduct an effective search in databases and Internet sources. Reference librarians may teach health professionals these information and technology skills through the Big6 information literacy model (Big6). This article aims to address this issue. It also…

Santana Arroyo, Sonia

2013-01-01

116

Teaching Writing as a Professional Practice Skill: A Curricular Case Example  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes one MSW program's innovative and informed response to the pervasive problem of inadequate professional writing skills. We articulate the rationale, implementation, and assessment of our systemic response, which includes (a) requiring a professional writing course, (b) implementing curricular infusion of a standard writing…

Grise-Owens, Erlene; Crum, Kimberly

2012-01-01

117

Professional development for science teachers.  

PubMed

The Next Generation Science Standards will require large-scale professional development (PD) for all science teachers. Existing research on effective teacher PD suggests factors that are associated with substantial changes in teacher knowledge and practice, as well as students' science achievement. But the complexity of the U.S. educational system continues to thwart the search for a straightforward answer to the question of how to support teachers. Interventions that take a systemic approach to reform hold promise for improving PD effectiveness. PMID:23599481

Wilson, Suzanne M

2013-04-19

118

Groupware for Developing Critical Discussion Skills  

Microsoft Academic Search

Increasingly, social and collaborative processes are seen as central to the development of thinking skills, including the skills of scientific thinking. With colleagues we have developed a software system (Belvedere) to support high-school science students in engaging in collaborative reasoning and argumentation. We discuss how Belvedere is designed to support students' collaborative processes, describe our formative evaluation studies, and provide

Dan Suthers; Arlene Weiner

1995-01-01

119

Tailoring Professional Development for IT Staff  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional development has become an increasingly important topic among information technology (IT) professionals in higher education, but what does it mean to engage in professional development activities? How does an institution create an initiative that meets broad organizational goals while taking into account the specific needs of the…

Haile, Christine E.; Trubitt, Lisa

2007-01-01

120

School Data as Mediators in Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

International research documents a variety of approaches for fostering the professional development of principals. These studies mainly draw upon survey and interview data. Less attention has been paid to observing professional development processes. This article aims to examine how professional learning is played out empirically in the…

Jensen, Ruth; Moller, Jorunn

2013-01-01

121

AWG, Enhancing Professional Skills, Providing Resources and Assistance for Women in the Geosciences  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) was founded in 1977. AWG is an international organization, with ten chapters, devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences, and introducing women and girls to geoscience careers. Our diverse interests and expertise cover the entire spectrum of geoscience disciplines and career paths, providing unexcelled networking and mentoring opportunities to develop leadership skills. Our membership is brought together by a common love of earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences, and the desire to ensure rewarding opportunities for women in the geosciences. AWG offers a variety of scholarships, including the Chrysalis scholarship for women who are returning to school after a life-changing interruption, and the Sands and Takken awards for students to make presentations at professional meetings. AWG promotes professional development through workshops, an online bi-monthly newsletter, more timely e-mailed newsletters, field trips, and opportunities to serve in an established professional organization. AWG recognizes the work of outstanding women geoscientists and of outstanding men supporters of women in the geosciences. The AWG Foundation funds ten scholarships, a Distinguished Lecture Program, the Geologist-in-the-Parks program, Science Fair awards, and numerous Girl Scout programs. Each year, AWG sends a contingent to Congressional Visits Day, to help educate lawmakers about the unique challenges that women scientists face in the geoscience workforce.

Sundermann, C.; Cruse, A. M.; AssociationWomen Geoscientists

2011-12-01

122

Reclaiming Professional Identity through Postgraduate Professional Development: Careers Practitioners Reclaiming their Professional Selves  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Careers advisers in the UK have experienced significant change and upheaval within their professional practice. This research explores the role of postgraduate-level professional development in contributing to professional identity. The research utilises a case study approach and adopts multiple tools to provide an in-depth examination of…

Neary, Siobhan

2014-01-01

123

Developing Teaching Skills in Physical Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This textbook attempts to clarify the nature of teaching during the field experience or simulation of that experience for student teachers. The text takes a data-based approach to the development of teaching skills. It is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter, "Systematic Improvement of Teaching Skills," is a narrative description of…

Siedentop, Daryl

124

Developing Good Team-working Skills  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article offers advice to educators on developing learners' collaboration skills through problem solving. The author presents six categories of tasks, each of which addresses a set of teamwork skills (e.g. listening, sharing, reflecting) and includes several tasks which could serve as the vehicle. Links to the tasks, printable materials, and other resources are included.

2010-05-01

125

Developing Language Skills in Science Classrooms  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science teachers need specific strategies to develop writing skills along with science content. Fortunately, research has demonstrated that science-teaching methodology can accomplish both the teaching of science content and various language skills, including writing. A technique suitable for and utilized by science teachers is the "mode…

Jimenez-Silva, Margarita; Gomez, Conrado Laborin

2011-01-01

126

FLEX: A Professional Development Program for Women Faculty of the School of Medicine  

E-print Network

FLEX: A Professional Development Program for Women Faculty of the School of Medicine FLEX: A Professional Development Program for Women Faculty of the School of Medicine is a customized program designed to provide training and skills development so that talented women faculty may advance their careers

Rollins, Andrew M.

127

Looking Beyond Content: Skill development for engineers  

E-print Network

Current concerns over reforming engineering education have focused attention on helping students develop skills and an adaptive expertise. Phenomenological guidelines for instruction along these lines can be understood as arising out of an emerging theory of thinking and learning built on results in the neural, cognitive, and behavioral sciences. We outline this framework and consider some of its implications for one example: developing a more detailed understanding of the specific skill of using mathematics in modeling physical situations. This approach provides theoretical underpinnings for some best-practice instructional methods designed to help students develop this skill and providesguidance for further research in the area.

Redish, Edward F

2008-01-01

128

Using Assessment for Developing Team Building Skills  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

"Ability to function in teams," "good team building skills," and "teamwork" are all now common phrases in the classifieds. It is increasingly important in society today, both in social and work environments, to be a good team player. But how do we actually develop those skills and evaluate whether our efforts have had a measurable impact so that we can adjust our approach for maximum benefit? This booklet presents a team assessment process developed to track and improve students team building skill as well as a complete description of its implementation. Preliminary research on team building skills development was performed with a group of community college students in the Electrical Technology Program. The results from the two year study indicate that active participation in the team assessment process is beneficial in developing team building and leadership skills in college students. All the materials necessary to implement the team assessment process for a classroom or workplace setting are provided in this booklet. Using these materials and methods can yield evidence of improved team building and leadership skills important in meeting accreditation standards or for use in evaluating corporate team skills and leadership development.

Akins, Lean M.

129

Sales skills for health-care professionals: the emotional side of sales.  

PubMed

Health-care sales continues to be an area of opportunity for many laboratory professionals. For those who possess the necessary skills and the desire to enthusiastically embrace the unique challenges of a sales career, a new CLMA publication by CLMR contributor Donna L. Nigon, MT(ASCP), titled Sales Skills for Health-Care Professionals, will provide the knowledge of sales structure and techniques needed to succeed. This Sales Skills excerpt, "The Emotional Side of Sales," describes many of the emotional aspects of sales and selling, including how to handle the transition from a technical or medical role to that of sales representative, relationship building, maintaining personal and professional support systems, dealing with rejection, avoiding burnout, time management, and customer concerns. For more information about this book, please see the order form that accompanies this excerpt, or visit www.clma.org. PMID:11299908

Nigon, D L

2001-01-01

130

Curriculum Reform, Professional Development, and Powerful Learning  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The authors consider the important relationship between standards-based curriculum implementation and professional development. They begin by looking at the key recommendations about student learning and then discuss how curriculum materials can embody these recommendations. Because the result is nontraditional curriculum materials, they then consider the role of professional development for increasing the effectiveness of those materials. Finally, they discuss a professional development strategy that begins with selecting materials for curriculum reform.

James B. Short

2002-01-01

131

Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Accounting Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To foster lifelong learning, accounting teachers should focus on developing critical thinking skills. Strategies include creating a climate of inquiry, encouraging divergent thinking, providing feedback, focusing on process not content, and designing evaluations that reflect higher order problem solving. (SK)

Doney, Lloyd D.; And Others

1993-01-01

132

Relationships between physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities and playing performance in professional rugby league players.  

PubMed

In this study, we investigated the relationship between physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities and playing performance in professional rugby league players. Fifty-eight high-performance rugby league players underwent measurements for anthropometry (height, body mass, sum of seven skinfolds), physiological (speed, change of direction speed, lower body muscular power, repeated-sprint ability, prolonged high-intensity intermittent running ability, and estimated maximal aerobic power), technical skill (tackling proficiency, draw and pass proficiency), and perceptual skill (reactive agility, pattern recall, pattern prediction) qualities. National Rugby League matches were coded for attacking (e.g. line breaks, try assists, etc.) and defensive (e.g. missed tackles, tackling efficiency, etc.) statistics commonly used to assess rugby league playing performance. The number of line break assists was significantly associated (P < 0.05) with greater playing experience (r = 0.36), dual-task draw and pass proficiency (r = 0.54), reactive agility (r = 0.29), and pattern recall (r = 0.32) and prediction (r = 0.28) ability, while faster speed over 40 m (r = -0.42) was associated (P < 0.05) with a higher number of tries scored. Greater age and playing experience, better lower body muscular power, and faster 10 m and 40 m speed were significantly associated (P < 0.05) with the number of tackle attempts (positive), tackles completed (positive), and proportion of missed tackles (negative). These findings demonstrate that well-developed physical and skill qualities are associated with effective playing performance in National Rugby League players. PMID:22092276

Gabbett, Tim J; Jenkins, David G; Abernethy, Bruce

2011-12-01

133

Professional Development to Support Parent Engagement: A Case Study of Early Childhood Practitioners  

Microsoft Academic Search

Research Findings: This qualitative case study describes early childhood practitioners' (ECPs) perspectives on their professional development as part of a large federally funded school readiness intervention project as they experienced the processes of professional growth and change in learning skills related to promoting parental engagement in children's learning and development. A total of 28 ECPs participated in this study over

Jill R. Brown; Lisa L. Knoche; Carolyn P. Edwards; Susan M. Sheridan

2009-01-01

134

Evaluation of a Multicomponent Online Communication Professional Development Program for Early Interventionists  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Collaborative early intervention (EI) service delivery is enhanced by professional development focused on knowledge and skills in the content and process of delivering services. This article describes a multicomponent online professional development course designed to build infant toddler specialists' capacity to support children with…

Brown, Jennifer A.; Woods, Juliann J.

2012-01-01

135

A Conceptual Framework for Teacher Professional Development: The Whole Teacher Approach  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article, we describe a conceptual framework for in-service professional development--the Whole Teacher approach. A significant departure from the traditional approach to professional development that speaks primarily to teachers' acquisition of knowledge and skills, the Whole Teacher framework emphasizes promoting all aspects of a…

Chen, Jie-Qi; McCray, Jennifer

2012-01-01

136

Commentary: Taking Responsibility for Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 contains numerous references to "high-quality professional development. The quantity and the quality of professional development are critical issues in the NCLB Act with direct impact on student achievement. Research proves that the most important factor in student achievement is the quality of the teacher. In this month's opinion piece, the author encourages teachers to take responsibility for their own professional development by becoming more involved in planning and developing their professional growth. The end result will be meaningful personal growth for educators and increased student achievement!

Long, Steven

2004-12-01

137

Increasing student confidence in technical and professional skills through project based learning  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work focuses on developing undergraduate students' technical and professional skills through a project-based spiral curriculum in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering department at Purdue that can be implemented campus wide. Through this curriculum, Purdue engineers will be prepared for leadership roles in responding to the global technological, economic, and societal challenges of the 21st century by exposure to the relationships between engineering and its impacts on real world needs and challenges. Project-based learning uses projects as the focus of instruction and has shown increased understanding, motivation, and confidence through application of engineering principles to real-world problems. The strength of a spiral curriculum is that it continually revisits basic ideas and themes with increasing complexity and sophistication. The proposed spiral curriculum incorporates the target attributes of the Purdue Engineer of 2020 through project based courses during sophomore, junior, and senior year. These courses will build on concepts taught during first year engineering as well. The Engineer of 2020 (NAE and Purdue) target attributes include strong technical and professional skills to solve societal and technological burdens. A prototype course has been developed, taught, and evaluated during the previous two fall semesters in the sophomore level of the Biological and Food Process Engineering curriculum. The target students met 3 hours a week in a traditional lecture setting plus 2 hours a week in a project based lab setting. The control group met only 3 hours a week in a traditional lecture setting. Peer and self assessment results from student surveys show increased confidence in every area surveyed. Focus groups revealed student reactions to the course. Students enjoyed the course but felt it difficult to handle ambiguity with project work. Future work includes course revisions to the content, assessment, and pedagogy of the prototype class, development of the remaining project courses in the curriculum, and increasing graduate student instruction in the courses to gain teaching and leadership experience.

Robinson, Alice L.

138

Assessment of Teachers' Attitudes about Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article reports three studies in which a scale for assessing teachers' beliefs about professional-development initiatives was developed and its scores evaluated for reliability and validity. Results indicated that the Teachers' Attitudes About Professional Development (TAP) scale produced scores with high reliability, a stable one-factor…

Torff, Bruce; Sessions, David; Byrnes, Katherine

2005-01-01

139

Contribution of Professional Development to Standards Implementation  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Teachers' professional development is a key to any educational change and is critical when leading and assimilating change, such as introducing standards into classrooms. A national professional development (PD) framework was developed for the implementation of science standards published by the Israeli Ministry of Education, which was activated…

Klieger, Aviva; Yakobovitch, Anat

2012-01-01

140

Professional development for primary science teaching in Thailand: Knowledge, orientations, and practices of professional developers and professional development participants  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to examine an entire PD project as a case to understand the dynamic nature of science PD in a holistic manner. I used a pedagogical content knowledge model by Magnusson, Krajcik, and Borko (1999) as my theoretical framework in examining the professional developers' and teacher participants' knowledge, orientation, and practice for professional development and elementary science teaching. The case study is my research tradition; I used grounded theory for data analysis. The primary data sources were interview, card sort activity, and observation field notes collected during the PD and subsequently in teacher participants' classrooms. Secondary data sources were documents and artifacts that I collected from the professional developers and teachers. An analysis of the data led me to interpret the following findings: (a) the professional developers displayed multiple orientations. These orientations included activity-driven, didactic, discovery, and pedagogy-driven orientations. The orientations that were found among the professional developers deviated from the reformed Thai Science Education Standards; (b) the professional developers had limited PCK for PD, which were knowledge of teachers' learning, knowledge of PD strategies, knowledge of PD curriculum, and knowledge of assessment.; (c) the professional developers' knowledge and orientations influenced their decisions in selecting PD activities and teaching approaches; (d) their orientations and PCK as well as the time factor influenced the design and implementation of the professional development; (e) the elementary teachers displayed didactic, activity-driven, and academic rigor orientations. The orientations that the teachers displayed deviated from the reformed Thai Science Education Standards; and (f) the elementary teachers exhibited limited PCK. It is evident that the limitation of one type of knowledge resulted in an ineffective use of other components of PCK. This study demonstrates the nature of PD in the context of Thailand in a holistic view to understand knowledge, orientation, and implementation of professional developers and professional development participants. Furthermore, the findings have implications for professional development and professional developers in Thailand and include worldwide with respect to promoting sustain and intensive professional development and developing professional developers.

Musikul, Kusalin

141

Career Development and Professionalism within a Biomedical Engineering Capstone Course  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Many facets of professionalism in addition to technical skills are critical for engineers as they seek to put their knowledge and problem-solving experience into action in the workforce. The so-called professional skills necessary for productive career development (e.g. effective written and oral communication, networking, etc.) are especially important in biomedical engineering (BME) due to the rapidly evolving nature of the field and the diversity of students attracted to BME and the correspondingly broad range of careers that they choose to pursue, including biomedical and biotech industries, academic research, intellectual property, FDA regulation, consulting, finance, and other professional tracks. To address the need for undergraduates to possess adequate non-technical skills prior to graduation, BME curricula typically use capstone courses as vehicles for teaching professionalism. In the BME Capstone course at the University of Virginia, we have instituted several mechanisms for instilling a wide array of non-technical professional skills in BME majors. An emphasis on career development begins at the outset of the course with a formal project selection process that features a BME Capstone Project Fair, which is similar to a job fair where the students submit resumes and interview with potential advisors and then submit formal cover letters to apply for their topranked projects. Interactive workshops and lectures throughout the year cover topics such as interviewing, negotiations, giving constructive feedback, and effective leadership. The Capstone course also employs periodic corporate-style progress reports, Solutions Workshop smallgroup discussion sections that require students to succinctly summarize their project and respond to in-depth questioning, and individual accountability meetings. Preliminary assessment of these enhancements to our BME Capstone course has revealed that students, on average, have greatly improved in their ability to: verbally communicate the details of their projects concisely; convey the overarching problem that motivates their work; speak confidently about what they have accomplished and where their projects are headed; recognize when they require additional expertise and guidance; understand better how to use their existing networks and build on these networks to find such additional expertise when necessary; and consistently communicate with their advisors and collaborators in a timely and professional manner. The initial successes observed after applying these methods in our BME Capstone program indicate that a strong emphasis on a broad array of non-technical skills enhances student professionalism, thus more effectively empowering graduates to embark upon successful careers.

Allen, Timothy

142

Information literacy skills retention over the first professional year of pharmacy school.  

PubMed

The authors aimed to determine if first-professional-year pharmacy students retain library literature search skills throughout the school year. Students (n = 61 consented) were given an identical seven-item quiz on basic library search skills prior to library instruction in the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester. There was no significant difference between median scores on the two quizzes, nor were any significant differences noted in subgroup analyses. Search competency may be retained to a higher degree if library instruction is moved later in the pharmacy curriculum when literature search skills are used more often. PMID:25023018

Chiarella, Deborah; Khadem, Tina M; Brown, Jack E; Wrobel, Mark J

2014-01-01

143

Master Teachers as Professional Developers: Managing Conflicting Versions of Professionalism  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

As education's main workforce, teachers have been the target of policies designed to shape and affirm new versions of professionalism. This paper examines this issue as it is exemplified by the Teachers of Teachers Network (TTN), a program developed by Chile's Ministry of Education. As a program designed to identify and reward high…

Montecinos, Carmen; Pino, Mauricio; Campos-Martinez, Javier; Domínguez, Rosario; Carreño, Claudia

2014-01-01

144

Enhancing Professionalism? Teachers' Voices on Continuing Professional Development in Scotland  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper explores the concept of continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers in Scotland in an education system undergoing change. It considers the curricular and political changes which affect the nature of CPD considered appropriate and relevant for teachers. This article reports on one small-scale qualitative study into…

MacDonald Grieve, Ann; McGinley, Brian Peter

2010-01-01

145

Teaching Orientation @ Ohio State: Session Agenda Developing Effective Presentation Skills  

E-print Network

for developing presentation skills _____ - _____ ( 5 minutes) Activity 7. Wrap-up & Evaluations Facilitator (handout, overhead transparency, & flash drive) Presentation Skills Self-Assessment (handout & longer version on flash drive) Additional Resources on Developing Effective Presentation Skills (flash drive

146

Transforming Professional Development into Student Results  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Focusing on just three things--evidence of student learning, feedback on teacher and principal decisions, and depth of implementation--renowned author and thinker Douglas B. Reeves provides you with a blueprint for how to ensure professional development improves student learning. Find out: (1) Which ineffective professional development practices…

Reeves, Douglas B.

2010-01-01

147

Teachers' Professional Development: A Theoretical Review  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Background and purpose: The article reviews studies that focus on the professional development of teachers after they have completed their basic teacher training. Teacher professional development is defined as teachers' learning: how they learn to learn and how they apply their knowledge in practice to support pupils' learning. The research…

Postholm, May Britt

2012-01-01

148

Critical Issues in Early Childhood Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Effective teaching leads to positive student outcomes, and professional development for early childhood teachers is key to improving both. But what exactly is meant by "professional development"? What effect does it have on school readiness? Which models and approaches really work? This is the book the early childhood field needs to take the…

Zaslow, Martha, Ed.; Martinez-Beck, Ivelisse, Ed.

2005-01-01

149

Teachers' Professional Development: An Israeli Perspective.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Examines three models of teacher professional development in Israel. One model emphasizes higher academic studies, one is a school-based organizational model that ties faculty development to school reforms, and one emphasizes a teacher-led personal route to professionalism in teachers' own classrooms. The paper examines means of support available…

Zuzovsky, Ruth

2001-01-01

150

Effective Professional Development Planning: The Wisconsin PDP  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Designed to improve PK-12 professional learning and increase student achievement, Wisconsin's policymakers developed and implemented new educator licensing guidelines (PI 34) and a Professional Development Plan (PDP) system based on empirical research and national policy trends in 2004. As PI 34 and the PDP system are relatively new, the…

Fischer, John A.

2010-01-01

151

Measuring the Effectiveness of Professional Development Training  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

When it comes to professional development, state and local education institutions frequently support the priorities of determining content area needs and organizing the delivery of the professional development, but less often comprehensively evaluate the training's overall effectiveness. Taking current research and practical application into…

Linder, Patricia; Kline, Marilyn

2007-01-01

152

Raising the Quality of Vocational Teachers: Continuing Professional Development in England, Wales and Norway  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The view that vocational education and training is central to economic prosperity and social well-being is one that is widely held by policy-makers in many countries. Delivering this agenda requires skilled and professional teachers. Ensuring that vocational teachers are able to maintain and develop both their "craft" skills and pedagogy, through…

Lloyd, Caroline; Payne, Jonathan

2012-01-01

153

A framework to develop nurses' liver care skills.  

PubMed

Following the overview of liver disease in part 1, the second part of this series looks at how a new competency framework was developed for nurses caring for people with or at risk of liver disease to address the increasing burden of the disease across public health, primary care and secondary care. Understanding of liver disease and its risk factors remains poor among many health professionals; a competency framework enables nurses and teams to identify and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to provide high-quality, person-centred care. PMID:25174134

Clayton, Michelle; Greenslade, Lynda

154

Student Affairs Professionals' Self-Report of Multicultural Competence: Understanding Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Pope and Reynolds' (1997) theoretical model of multicultural competence for student affairs was empirically tested with 100 student affairs professionals. The domain subscales of awareness, knowledge, and skills revealed high internal consistency and intercorrelation. Males reported significantly higher multicultural awareness in their…

Castellanos, Jeanett; Gloria, Alberta M.; Mayorga, Melissa M.; Salas, Christina

2008-01-01

155

Enlargement Project: Insight into ICT Professional Skills and Jobs in the Candidate Countries. Enlargement Futures Series.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A study examined information and communication technologies (ICT) job trends and the prospects for preservation and supply of high skilled professionals in the medium and longer term in candidate countries (CCs), for admission into the European Union, focusing on Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, and Poland. Rapidly changing technology and growth of…

Gourova, Elissaveta

156

An Identification of Communication Skills, Problems and Issues for the Business and Professional Communication Course.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In order to identify the demands, the skills, and the various contexts that students can expect to face in their chosen professions, organizational communication researchers need to conduct studies that will lead educators to make intelligent decisions regarding what should and should not be taught in business and professional communication…

Di Salvo, Vincent S.; And Others

157

Early Childhood Educators Teaching and Learning in Professional Learning Communities: A New Approach to Professional Development for Preschool Teachers in a Southern California School District  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Early childhood education teachers have been challenged with the demands for accountability in literacy and English language development, as well as kindergarten readiness skills of preschool children. Researchers have studied professional learning communities (PLCs) as a framework for professional development and student achievement. However, few…

Fairfield, Robin

2011-01-01

158

Extension's Capacity to Deliver Quality Early Childhood Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In recent years much attention has focused on the role of enhancing a teacher's professional knowledge and skills in helping to improve the quality of early care experiences for young children birth-5. In the study reported here, an environmental scan of the early childhood professional development programs offered within the Extension system…

Durden, Tonia R.; Mincemoyer, Claudia C.; Gerdes, Jennifer; Lodl, Kathleen

2013-01-01

159

Empowering Science Teachers: A Model for Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explains a professional development model that is informed both by constructivist and sociocultural theory. Focuses on professional development, personal development, and social development. Contains 26 references. (DDR)

Howe, Ann C.; Stubbs, Harriett S.

1997-01-01

160

Career Development is for Everyone! UC Davis Staff Development & Professional Services  

E-print Network

building, professional development and career management. INSTRUCTIONS Getting Started: Since the IDP asks skill in computer graphics; Learn DaFIS; Find out how to become a student affairs officer; Figure out for a project; for example, maybe your goal is to revise the procedural manual in your department. In this case

Ullrich, Paul

161

Development: Ages & Stages--Emerging Physical Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article, the authors discuss how children develop their motor skills at different age levels. Newborn's movements are jerky and uncoordinated. Spending lots of floor time with a baby lying on her back or stomach helps her develop coordination, balance, and muscle strength during her earliest months. As locomotion enters a baby's life, she…

Poole, Carla; Miller, Susan A.; Church, Ellen Booth

2005-01-01

162

Developing Opportunities for Professional Counselors.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Because cancer patients and their families have special psychological needs that are not always met through medical care, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University established the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP) at the Oncology Research Center. Services provided by the CPSP's 2 professional counselors and approximately 35…

Vacc, Nicholas A.

163

Using Action Learning for Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper discusses using action learning with different professional groups in the UK--nurses and educators. It addresses the question: To what extent is action learning an effective approach in relation to professional development, and, if so, in what way/s? The formulation and developmental processes of action learning sets are examined. The…

Stark, Sheila

2006-01-01

164

Mapping the MIS Curriculum Based on Critical Skills of New Graduates: An Empirical Examination of IT Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

MIS curricula research almost always focuses on either curriculum issues or the critical skills required of new MIS graduates, rarely both. This study examines both by determining the critical skills required of new graduates, from the perspective of IT professionals in the field, then uniquely mapping those skills into a comprehensive yet…

Downey, James P.; McMurtrey, Mark E.; Zeltmann, Steven M.

2008-01-01

165

Low Compression Tennis Balls and Skill Development  

PubMed Central

Coaching aims to improve player performance and coaches have a number of coaching methods and strategies they use to enhance this process. If new methods and ideas can be determined to improve player performance they will change coaching practices and processes. This study investigated the effects of using low compression balls (LCBs) during coaching sessions with beginning tennis players. In order to assess the effectiveness of LCBs on skill learning the study employed a quasi-experimental design supported by qualitative and descriptive data. Beginner tennis players took part in coaching sessions, one group using the LCBs while the other group used standard tennis balls. Both groups were administered a skills at the beginning of a series of coaching sessions and again at the end. A statistical investigation of the difference between pre and post-test results was carried out to determine the effect of LCBs on skill learning. Additional qualitative data was obtained through interviews, video capture and the use of performance analysis of typical coaching sessions for each group. The skill test results indicated no difference in skill learning when comparing beginners using the LCBs to those using the standard balls. Coaches reported that the LCBs appeared to have a positive effect on technique development, including aspects of technique that are related to improving power of the shot. Additional benefits were that rallies went on longer and more opportunity for positive reinforcement. In order to provide a more conclusive answer to the effects of LCBs on skill learning and technique development recommendations for future research were established including a more controlled experimental environment and larger sample sizes across a longer period of time. Key Points LCB may aid skill learning in tennis. Qualitative indicators. Statistical evidence not conclusive. Further studies of larger groups recommended. PMID:24357952

Hammond, John; Smith, Christina

2006-01-01

166

Work, Skills Development for Employability and Education for Sustainable Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article focuses on the radical changes taking place in skills development for work and life, and their implications for the content of education and schooling. It examines skills development for employability and workforce education, with particular reference to technical and vocational education and training (TVET). In turn, it is argued…

Maclean, Rupert; Ordonez, Victor

2007-01-01

167

NCI/CPFP - 2010 Application Catalog - Program Description - Leadership and Professional Development Training  

Cancer.gov

The foundation for success in the field of cancer prevention is based on leadership skills, professional excellence, and mastery of one's scientific discipline. Within the CPFP, our goal is to help fellows maximize their individual potential for leadership and scientific contribution to the field of cancer prevention through a series of professional development activities. These activities are designed to prepare individuals for the transition from postdoctoral fellows to successful, independent scientists and professionals in cancer prevention.

168

Building Ongoing and Sustained Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The East Tennessee State University Science Partnership (ETSUSP) is bringing about a restructuring of the system as it pertains to building and maintaining ongoing and sustained professional development in science teaching and learning at the middle and high school levels in Northeast Tennessee. Through a collaborative relationship extending more than a decade with various funding agencies and local school districts in the Upper East Tennessee Educational Cooperative (UETEC), a professional development model for middle and high school science teachers emerged. The following sections describe each component of the model and provide insights into the ways in which the program is addressing professional development issues.

Wojnowski, Brenda; Rhoton, Jack

2006-01-01

169

Relative importance of physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities to team selection in professional rugby league.  

PubMed

This study investigated the relative importance of physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities to team selection in professional rugby league. Eighty-six high performance rugby league players underwent measurements of anthropometric (height, body mass, sum of seven skinfolds), physiological (speed, change of direction speed, lower body muscular power, repeated-sprint ability, prolonged high-intensity intermittent running ability, and maximal aerobic power), technical skill (tackling proficiency, draw and pass proficiency), and perceptual skill (reactive agility, pattern recall, pattern prediction) qualities. A linear discriminant analysis was also conducted comparing those players successful in gaining selection into the professional National Rugby League team with those not selected to determine which, if any, of these qualities could predict selection. Players selected to play in the first National Rugby League game of the season were older, more experienced, leaner, had faster 10 m and 40 m sprint times, and superior vertical jump performances, maximal aerobic power, tackling proficiency and dual-task draw and pass ability than non-selected players. Skinfold thickness and dual-task draw and pass proficiency were the only variables that contributed significantly (P < 0.05) to the discriminant analysis of selected and non-selected players. These findings suggest that selected physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities may influence team selection in professional rugby league. PMID:21834623

Gabbett, Tim J; Jenkins, David G; Abernethy, Bruce

2011-10-01

170

Virtual Reality Skills Training for Health Care Professionals in Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention  

PubMed Central

Background Educating physicians and other health care professionals to identify and treat patients who drink above recommended limits is an ongoing challenge. Methods An educational Randomized Control Trial (RCT) was conducted to test the ability of a stand alone training simulation to improve the clinical skills of health care professionals in alcohol screening and intervention. The “virtual reality simulation” combines video, voice recognition and non branching logic to create an interactive environment that allows trainees to encounter complex social cues and realistic interpersonal exchanges. The simulation includes 707 questions and statements and 1207 simulated patient responses. Results A sample of 102 health care professionals (10 physicians; 30 physician assistants [PAs] or nurse practitioners [NPs]; 36 medical students; 26 pharmacy, PA or NP students) were randomly assigned to no training (n=51) or a computer based virtual reality intervention (n=51). Subjects in both groups had similar pre-test standardized patient alcohol screening skill scores – 53.2 (experimental) vs. 54.4 (controls), 52.2 vs. 53.7 alcohol brief intervention skills, and 42.9 vs. 43.5 alcohol referral skills. Following repeated practice with the simulation there were significant increases in the scores of the experimental group at 6 months post-randomization compared to the control group for the screening (67.7 vs. 58.1, p<.001) and brief intervention (58.3 vs. 51.6, p<.04) scenarios. Conclusions The technology tested in this trial is the first virtual reality simulation to demonstrate an increase in the alcohol screening and brief intervention skills of health care professionals. PMID:19587253

Fleming, Michael; Olsen, Dale; Stathes, Hilary; Boteler, Laura; Grossberg, Paul; Pfeifer, Judie; Schiro, Stephanie; Banning, Jane; Skochelak, Susan

2009-01-01

171

A Skills Approach to Career Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A counseling approach encourages students' development of job-applicable, career-transferable skills to meet the changing demands of specialization, automation, mobility, urban growth, and industrial trends in the job market. These include writing; speaking; research; and analytical, organizational, leadership, interpersonal, and quantitative…

Grites, Thomas J.

1983-01-01

172

Methods & Strategies: Developing Investigative Skills Purposefully  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Members of a team of educators and university students participating in the project, Pittsburgh Partnership for Energizing Science in Urban Schools, addressed the issue of helping students develop investigative skills within the context of an introductory science unit for fourth graders. The unit focuses on data-collection techniques and is a…

Pellathy, Stephen L.; Paul, John; Cartier, Jennifer L.; Wittfeldt, Claudia

2007-01-01

173

Developing skilled performance of lumbar spine manipulation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective: To quantify elements of spinal manipulation therapy performance and to test the strategy of combined rehearsal and quantitative feedback as a means of enhancing student skill development. Design: Randomized, controlled study. Setting: Chiropractic college. Subjects: Thirty-nine chiropractic student volunteers entering the manipulation technique training course participated after providing informed consent. Methods: Student performance of lumbar spinal manipulation therapy was

John J. Triano; Carolyn M. Rogers; Sarah Combs; David Potts; Kenneth Sorrels

2002-01-01

174

Development of Prosocial Skills. Final Report  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In part, this focus is a result of substantial research demonstrating strong links between early social competence and later life adjustment and healthy development. The close connection between prosocial skills and a wide variety of future developmental outcomes provides a compelling rationale to examine what factors are associated with…

Parrila, Rauno K.; Ma, Xin; Fleming, Darcy; Rinaldi, Christina

2002-01-01

175

Fast Mapping Skills in the Developing Lexicon  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: This preliminary investigation was a longitudinal study of fast mapping skills in normally developing children, 16-18 months of age. The purpose was to examine the effects of practice on the accessibility of words in lexical memory. Method: Eight children were taught the names of 24 unfamiliar objects over 12 weekly training sessions. The…

Gershkoff-Stowe, Lisa; Hahn, Erin R.

2007-01-01

176

Skills Governance and the Workforce Development Programme  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In the United Kingdom higher education environment, government may make efforts to encourage institutions to engage in governance structures to secure policy objectives through a steering approach. In this article connections between skills governance structures and the recent Higher Education Funding Council for England workforce development

Hordern, Jim

2013-01-01

177

Silver Sponsor Professional Development in Local Government  

E-print Network

Silver Sponsor #12;Professional Development in Local Government The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Davis, Sustainability Manager, Town of Blacksburg 4:30 p.m. Reception ­ AKA 6:00 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

Liskiewicz, Maciej

178

Childhood cognitive development as a skill.  

PubMed

Theories view childhood development as being either driven by structural maturation of the brain or being driven by skill-learning. It is hypothesized here that working memory (WM) development during childhood is partly driven by training effects in the environment, and that similar neural mechanisms underlie training-induced plasticity and childhood development. In particular, the functional connectivity of a fronto-parietal network is suggested to be associated with WM capacity. The striatum, dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2) activity, and corticostriatal white-matter tracts, on the other hand, seem to be more important for plasticity and change of WM capacity during both training and development. In this view, the development of WM capacity during childhood partly involves the same mechanisms as skill-learning. PMID:25042686

Klingberg, Torkel

2014-11-01

179

Clinical skill development for community pharmacists.  

PubMed

The importance of establishing clinical pharmacy services in the community cannot be understated in light of current challenges to the traditional dispensing role as the primary service of the community pharmacist. Advancements in automated dispensing technology and declining prescription fee reimbursement are rapidly forcing pharmacists to seek alternative sources of revenue. Providing pharmaceutical care is a viable option to increase customer loyalty job satisfaction, and reimbursement. To support the development of clinical services, academic institutions are forming partnerships with individual community practitioners to overcome perceived educational and training barriers. The authors describe the design and development of two unique clinical skill development programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This paper also outlines the patient focused services that the participants have established upon completing the training. These programs successfully enhanced participants' therapeutic knowledge base and facilitated development of the clinical skills necessary for direct patient care. PMID:8824077

Barnette, D J; Murphy, C M; Carter, B L

1996-09-01

180

Problematising ourselves: continuing professional development in higher education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The problem of continuing professional development (sometimes capitalised as CPD) of professionals in higher education is that it operates around a series of unresolved tensions: between higher education institutions as major providers for other professionals and as a relatively new provider in terms of its own professional development; between the prestige associated with continuing professional development in the service of

Sue Clegg

2003-01-01

181

Homeopathy as elective in undergraduate medical education ? an opportunity for teaching professional core skills  

PubMed Central

Aim: The evaluation of medical students' perceptions regarding an elective study course in Homeopathy in which small groups have participated annually for six years, at the Institute for General Practice and Family Medicine at the Otto Von Guericke University, Magdeburg. The course was assessed in terms of concept, delivery, and influence on students' professional development. Methodology: Since the autumn term of 2008/09, three group discussions have been conducted with thirty of the course participants (3 total electives). These discussions were semi-structured and guided by central topics; the analysis was qualitative and guided by content. Results: The overall concept and implementation of the course were very successful. The main learning themes, that is, an emphasis on a more holistic and individual view of patients and the importance of a cooperative partnership between doctor and patient, were positively rated, regardless of the students' attitudes towards homeopathy. Their assessment was based on their previous experience and a comparison with conventional medical education. Conclusion: Homeopathy as an elective subject is not only useful for acquiring specific knowledge in integrative medicine, but also important as a means of developing physicians' core skills that are often not well considered in conventional medical education. PMID:24575158

Lehmann, Bianca; Krémer, Brigitte; Werwick, Katrin; Herrmann, Markus

2014-01-01

182

[The via crucis of continuing professional development].  

PubMed

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a new approach to continuing medical education and is based on: the assessment of the practitioner needs, pedagogy centered on practices and the consideration of the practitioner social accountability. In France, CPD became mandatory for all health professionals in 2009. However, we observe a delay in its implementation, due to several regulatory aspects. The main obstacles are the unique model of CPD for all occupations, the constraint of a single operator and the lack of scale quantifying the professional investment. By correcting these drawbacks, the CPD could really contribute to the continuous improvement of the quality and safety of care. PMID:25081395

François, Patrice

2014-11-01

183

The Vital Program: Transforming ICT Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Developing a model for effective large-scale continuous professional development (CPD) for teachers remains a significant obstacle for many governments worldwide. This article describes the development and evolution of Vital--a CPD program designed to enhance the teaching of information communication technology in state-funded primary and…

Bradshaw, Pete; Twining, Peter; Walsh, Christopher S.

2012-01-01

184

Leading Professional Development for Curriculum Reform  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The ultimate goal of curriculum reform is to improve student learning through better teaching practices. One way to improve these teaching practices is to develop stronger instructional systems and support systems. In particular, supporting teachers with a mix of reform-oriented, standards-based instructional materials and effective professional development focused on transforming their beliefs and practices adds up to a powerful combination for improving instruction. Districts can develop better support systems by building improvement infrastructures that include resources and people (such as professional development providers, coaches, and curriculum specialists) that are positioned and funded to improve the system and its instructional supports (St. John 2002). Curriculum leadership defines a key piece of the improvement infrastructure. This chapter describes the knowledge, capabilities, and ways of thinking and acting needed by leaders of professional development and curriculum reform.

James B. Short

2006-01-01

185

Using Facet Clusters to Guide Teacher Professional Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Department of Physics and the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University, together with FACET Innovations, LLC, are beginning the second year of a five-year NSF TPC project, Improving the Effectiveness of Teacher Diagnostic Skills and Tools. We are working in partnership with school districts in Washington State to help teachers make their classrooms into better diagnostic learning environments. In this talk, we describe initial efforts to construct content-rich professional development courses for teachers, which are infused with diagnostic assessment that target the fine structure of student ideas in specific topical areas. * Supported in part by NSF grant #ESI-0455796, The Boeing Corporation, and the SPU Science Initiative.

Seeley, Lane; DeWater, L. S.; Vokos, S.; Kraus, P.

2006-12-01

186

From Competence to Excellence: Developing Excellence in Vocational Skills.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The United Kingdom's Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), UK SKILLS, and the Further Education Skills Competition Council conducted a collaborative action research project to improve students' vocational learning and skills through enhanced learning experiences. From February 2001 to April 2002, three further education colleges worked to…

Smeaton, Barry; Hughes, Maria; Hall, Graeme

187

University Partnership to Deliver Statewide Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Fort Hays State University and Emporia State University partnered with high-needs rural school districts to develop and offer a three-year professional development institute. The statewide institute was planned collaboratively to specifically meet the needs of middle school science teachers. The institute was managed concurrently at the two sites and coordinated through distance-education technologies, making it possible for teachers to participate at an institution near their homes. This unique professional development experience can be emulated by other states interested in improving inquiry- and modeling-based instruction.

Walizer, Beth; Legleiter, Earl; Davies, Malonne; Seimars, Matt; Adams, Paul; Hrepic, Zedslav

2008-04-01

188

The professional development school as learning organization  

Microsoft Academic Search

Many US teacher education programmes have developed learning environments in partnership with local school districts. A professional development school (PDS) is a learning organization formed through the collaboration of a university?based teacher education programme with its K?12 school partners. The resulting organization focuses simultaneously on the learning of school students and of preservice and inservice educators. This manuscript presents the

Mary M. Harris; Frances van Tassell

2005-01-01

189

Cooperating Teaching as a Professional Development Activity  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examined cooperating teachers' perceptions of how student teacher supervision is aligned with the standards of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC). The conceptual framework of this research advanced that serving as a cooperating teacher is equivalent to a professional development activity. The researcher adapted an instrument…

Spencer, Trina L.

2007-01-01

190

The Development of Professional Counseling in Botswana  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Among African countries, Botswana stands out for achieving lasting political and economic stability, which has enabled the government to develop a strong system of educational and social services for its people. Development of professional counseling in the country has occurred both through targeted efforts to provide a strong system of guidance…

Stockton, Rex; Nitza, Amy; Bhusumane, Dan-Bush

2010-01-01

191

Professional Development for Teaching Artists: A Sampling  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

It is generally known that professional development for Teaching Artists varies widely. Offerings range from the most basic of orientations to a sponsoring organization's procedures and expectations, to more sustained experiences that may address school culture, principles of youth development, models of arts education, learning standards,…

McCaslin, Greg; Cohen, Madeline

2004-01-01

192

Mathematics and Logic - Skill and Concept Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This section of the website, Appetizers and Lessons for Mathematics and Reason, written by Alan Selby, PD. (see also Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, May 24, 2002) offers lesson ideas for teaching linear equations in high school or college. The approach uses stick diagrams to solve linear equations because they "provide a concrete or visual context for many of the rules or patterns for solving equations, a context that may develop equation solving skills and confidence." The idea is to build up student confidence in problem solving before presenting any formal algebraic statement of the rule and patterns for solving equations. Links to related chapters from his book, "Three Skills for Algebra," are also provided.

193

What Makes Professional Development Effective? Results From a National Sample of Teachers  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study uses a national probability sample of 1,027 mathematics and science teachers to provide the first large-scale empirical comparison of effects of different characteristics of professional development on teachers’ learning. Results, based on ordinary least squares regression, indicate three core features of professional development activities that have significant, positive effects on teachers’ self-reported increases in knowledge and skills and

Michael S. Garet; Andrew C. Porter; Laura Desimone; Beatrice F Birman; Kwang Suk Yoon

2001-01-01

194

Five generations in the nursing workforce: implications for nursing professional development.  

PubMed

Positive patient outcomes require effective teamwork, communication, and technological literacy. These skills vary among the unprecedented five generations in the nursing workforce, spanning the "Silent Generation" nurses deferring retirement to the newest "iGeneration." Nursing professional development educators must understand generational differences; address communication, information technology, and team-building competencies across generations; and promote integration of learner-centered strategies into professional development activities. PMID:23877293

Bell, Julie A

2013-01-01

195

Predicting writing skill development with word recognition and preschool readiness skills  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this longitudinal study, the writing skill development of154 Finnish-speaking children was followed from preschool to thethird grade. The focus was on predictive associations betweenpreschool writing readiness skills and later mechanics ofwriting, as well as between word recognition skill, mechanics ofwriting, and composition coherence. In addition, comparisons weremade between boys and girls to see to what extent writing skilldevelopment is

Hanna S. Mäki; Marinus J. M. Voeten; Marja M. S. Vauras; Elisa H. Poskiparta

2001-01-01

196

Instructional Technology Professional Development Evaluation: Developing a High Quality Model  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Background: The literature contains very few studies that focused on evaluating the impact of professional development activities on student learning. And, many of these studies failed to determine whether the professional development activities met their primary goal--to improve the learning process. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use…

Gaytan, Jorge A.; McEwen, Beryl C.

2010-01-01

197

A Study about Problem Solving Skill Variable in Terms of Some Variables of Footballers Who Play Football Professionally  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The aim of this study is to present the problem solving skill levels of sportsmen who play football professionally, and to determine whether problem solving skill levels differ according to sportsmen's, sports club, age, marital status, parents' educational status, father's occupation, occupation in the game, year of playing football…

Akpinar, Selahattin

2012-01-01

198

Developing Skills in Severely and Profoundly Handicapped Children.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Included in the publication are 10 articles on developing basic skills in severely and profoundly handicapped children. The first paper focuses on the development of object permanence, a basic cognitive skill, while the second and third review procedures for developing self care skills (toileting and eating). A fourth paper discusses an…

Thomas, M. Angele, Ed.

199

Putting professional development centre stage  

Microsoft Academic Search

All countries in the developed world aspire to ever higher standards of education and training. Clearly this depends, at least in part, on having a sufficient supply of high?quality schoolteachers. In the UK on the two occasions in the last 75 years when there were reviews of this need (the McNair report of 1944 and the James Committee of Enquiry

Tim Brighouse

2008-01-01

200

English Proficiency Tests and Communication Skills Training for Overseas-Qualified Health Professionals in Australia and New Zealand  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This commentary reviews recent literature on a number of problematic issues arising from the use of English proficiency tests by registration bodies as the sole assessment of the professional communication skills of overseas qualified health professionals from non-English-speaking backgrounds. It discusses differences between the assessment…

Wette, Rosemary

2011-01-01

201

A Multi-Year Study of the Impact of the Rice Model Teacher Professional Development on Elementary Science Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A teacher professional development program for in-service elementary school science teachers, the Rice Elementary Model Science Lab (REMSL), was developed for urban school districts serving predominately high-poverty, high-minority students. Teachers with diverse skills and science capacities came together in Professional Learning Communities, one…

Diaconu, Dana Viorica; Radigan, Judy; Suskavcevic, Milijana; Nichol, Carolyn

2012-01-01

202

Training the powerful: issues that emerged during the evaluation of a communication skills training programme for senior cancer care professionals.  

PubMed

'Connected' is the name of the national advanced communication skills training programme developed in 2008 for cancer care professionals in the NHS. A 3-day training course combining didactic and experiential learning elements is run by two facilitators with course participants expected to engage fully in simulated consultations with trained actors. In 2011, and as a result of participant feedback on the length of the course and increasing pressures on budgets and clinical time, the Connected team developed and piloted an alternative 2-day training course. Before its roll-out in 2012, Birmingham City University was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness and quality of the 2-day course vis-à-vis the 'traditional' 3-day one. This article is written by the two evaluators and it discusses some of the issues that emerged during the evaluation. We broadly grouped these issues into two overlapping categories: the mandatory nature of the course and the different professional background and seniority of participants. In our discussion we consider the implications these issues have for communication skills training policy and practice and put forward suggestions for further research. PMID:24373021

Bibila, S; Rabiee, F

2014-07-01

203

A Three-Year Chemistry Seminar Program Focusing on Career Development Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

An innovative, three-year seminar program was developed for undergraduates at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) that supplements the core chemistry curriculum by teaching the auxiliary skills necessary for life as a professional chemist. Advising, good laboratory practice, and information literacy are the strategic components of this program that…

Tucci, Valerie K.; O'Connor, Abby R.; Bradley, Lynn M.

2014-01-01

204

A Coordinated Approach to Curricular Review and Development in Undergraduate Geoscience Programs: Using a Matrix to Identify and Track Skills and Skill Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One approach to curriculum review and development is to construct a matrix of the desired skills versus courses in the departmental curriculum. The matrix approach requires faculty to articulate their goals, identify specific skills, and assess where in the curriculum students will learn and practice these skills and where there are major skills gaps. Faculty members in the Geology Department at Carleton College developed a matrix of skills covered in geology courses with the following objectives: 1) Geology majors should begin their "senior integrative exercise" having practiced multiple times all of the formal steps in the research process (recognizing problems, writing proposals, carrying out a project, reporting a project in several ways); 2) Geology majors should learn and practice a variety of professional and life skills life (e.g. computer skills, field skills, lab skills, and interpretive skills).The matrix was used to identify where in the curriculum various research methods and skills were addressed and to map potential student experiences to the objectives. In Carleton's non-hierarchical curriculum, the matrix was used to verify that students have many opportunities to practice research and life skills regardless of the path they take to completion of the major. In William and Mary's more structured curriculum, the matrix was used to ensure that skills build upon each other from course to course. Faculty members in the Geology Department at the College of William and Mary first used this approach to focus on teaching quantitative skills across the geology curriculum, and later used it in terms of teaching research, communication, and information literacy skills. After articulating goals and skills, faculty members in both departments developed more specific skill lists within each category of skills, then described the current assignments and activities in each course relative to the specific components of the matrix and discussed whether to add assignment or activities. We have found that much conversation among faculty and change within courses happens simply as a result of compiling the matrix. One effect of the use of the matrix is that faculty in the department know fairly specifically what skills students are learning and practicing in their other geology courses. Moreover, some faculty members are better suited by background or inclination to teach certain sets of skills. This coordinated approach avoids unnecessary duplication and allows faculty to build on skills and topics developed in previous courses. The matrix can also be used as a planning tool to identify gaps in the curriculum. In our experience, the skills matrix is a powerful organizational and communication tool. The skills matrix is a representation of what the department believes actually happens in the curriculum. Thus, development of a skills matrix provides a basis for departmental discussions of student learning goals and objectives as well as for describing the existing curriculum. The matrix is also a graphic representation, to college administrators and outside evaluators, of the "intentionality" of an entire curriculum, going beyond single courses and their syllabi. It can be used effectively to engage administration in discussions of departmental planning and needs analysis.

MacDonald, R.; Savina, M. E.

2003-12-01

205

Lessons Learned in Interdisciplinary Professional Development Designed to Promote the Teaching of Quantitative Literacy  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper, we will describe the challenges and insights gained from conducting professional development workshops aimed at helping faculty prepare materials to support the development of students' quantitative skills in different disciplinary contexts. We will examine some of the mistakes we made, and misconceptions we had, in conducting…

Lardner, Emily; Bookman, Jack

2013-01-01

206

The Eisenhower Professional Development Program: Emerging Themes from Six Districts. 1998.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is the first report from a 3-year evaluation of Part B of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program, the U.S. Department of Education's single largest investment dedicated to developing teachers' knowledge and skills. The report presents 10 emerging themes about the program resulting from exploratory case studies of 6 school districts…

Birman, Beatrice F.; Reeve, Alison L.; Sattler, Cheryl L.

207

Mentoring for Business Engagement as Continuing Professional Development of University Academic Staff  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reports an innovative continuing professional development (CPD) project for academic staff in a UK university. The aim of the project is to develop academics' skills in relating to the business environment. The project has a number of strands, but the principal focus of this paper is upon a mentoring initiative. Much CPD in universities…

Helyer, Ruth; Lee, Dionne

2012-01-01

208

Evaluating for Impact: Professional Development Educational Content Delivery through Learning Communities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The National 4-H Council Learning Priorities team developed educational content for professional development to increase evaluation capacity and evaluation skills for 4-H educators. Extension specialists in Oregon, Vermont, and Virginia piloted Evaluating for Impact curriculum through learning communities. Lessons learned from the pilot project…

Baughman, Sarah; Arnold, Mary; Boyd, Heather H.; Franz, Nancy K.; Mead, June P.; Rowe, Ellen; Silliman, Ben

2010-01-01

209

Helping Graduate Teaching Assistants in Biology Use Student Evaluations as Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are often used as instructors in undergraduate introductory science courses, particularly in laboratory and discussion sections associated with large lectures. These GTAs are often novice teachers with little opportunity to develop their teaching skills through formal professional development. Focused…

Kendall, K. Denise; Niemiller, Matthew L.; Dittrich-Reed, Dylan; Schussler, Elisabeth E.

2014-01-01

210

Considering Professional Identity to Enhance Agriculture Teacher Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The professional identity secondary agriculture teachers display can affect their receptiveness and interest in different professional development events, yet is often overlooked when designing professional development because it is not included in the consensus of proven methods of professional development design and delivery (Desimone, 2009).…

Shoulders, Catherine W.; Myers, Brian E.

2011-01-01

211

Communities of Practice and Students' Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The application of Communities of Practice (CofP) can potentially serve as an effective learning strategy for higher education classrooms by contributing to student professional development while fostering a desire for life-long learning. The purpose of this qualitative study was to assess the effectiveness of this learning strategy and help…

Monaghan, Catherine H.; Columbaro, Norina L.

2009-01-01

212

Infusing Neuroscience into Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Bruer advocated connecting neuroscience and education indirectly through the intermediate discipline of psychology. We argue for a parallel route: The neurobiology of learning, and in particular the core concept of "plasticity," have the potential to directly transform teacher preparation and professional development, and ultimately to…

Dubinsky, Janet M.; Roehrig, Gillian; Varma, Sashank

2013-01-01

213

Development of Professional Identity in SMEs.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper describes a study of the development of professional identity among employees in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in large-scale company-wide training programs. Managers and employees in 175 SMEs in Finland participated. These two research questions were posed: (1) are there differences in the perceptions of…

Puurula, Arja; Lofstrom, Erika

214

Professional Development in Tough Financial Times  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The authors asked a diverse cross-section of their colleagues how they were addressing professional development in tight economic times, when they are all being asked to work more effectively across organizational boundaries. While the survey was informal and not scientific, the authors found that many organizations have maintained strong…

Gandel, Paul B.; Golden, Cynthia

2004-01-01

215

Professional Development in the Field of Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The process of continual growth and development in the teaching profession represents a common value among education professionals. Federal and state laws maintain that teachers must continue to study. These mandates, pronounced at federal, state, and local levels to create high academic standards for students, must be met through quality…

Moore, Jeanne L. Hager

2009-01-01

216

Counselling and Psychotherapy Continuing Professional Development  

E-print Network

Counselling and Psychotherapy Continuing Professional Development University of Warwick warwick.ac.uk/cll/counselling Counselling and Psychotherapy with clients who have psychological disorders and mental health issues 18 - 20 October 2013 Creative Approaches to working with clients in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy

Davies, Christopher

217

Critical Literacy: A Professional Development Resource.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This booklet, which is intended as a support to the delivery of professional development of Australian literacy educators on critical literacy, presents a seven-step systematic model of all contexts through which a text may be constructed and studied. The first two sections discuss the model's use as a comprehensive framework for future teaching,…

Lohrey, Andrew

218

A Professional Development Framework for Online Teaching  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The quality of online programs in higher education is strongly correlated with how the professional development approaches respond to the needs of online teachers. These approaches are critical in helping online teachers adopt online pedagogical practices and reconstruct their teacher persona in an online environment. This study proposes a nested…

Baran, Evrim; Correia, Ana-Paula

2014-01-01

219

Moving toward Teamwork through Professional Development Activities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This qualitative study of three Head Start Centers analyzed surveys, interviews, and focus group data to determine how education coordinators, teachers, and teacher assistants believed professional development activities could support teamwork at their centers. The researchers sorted data related to teamwork into four categories: knowledge and…

Fitzgerald, Meghan M.; Theilheimer, Rachel

2013-01-01

220

Transformative Professional Development and Teacher Engagement  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This quasi-experimental study attempts to estimate the effect that participation in Courage to Teach (CTT), a transformative professional development (TPD) program, has on subsequent engagement with teaching. The primary focus of a TPD program is on the "person" who teaches, as opposed to content or technique. The subjects of the study are a…

Geil, Kimberly E.

2011-01-01

221

Supply Chain Management Strategy PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR  

E-print Network

Supply Chain Management Strategy PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR Saturday, June 14th, and Friday with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs Office invites you to attend Supply Chain Management Strategy on June 14 and June 20. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN For many companies, Supply Chain Management has become

Gilchrist, James F.

222

Professional Development Training. ACTWU Insurance Department.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide provides materials for a 10-week professional development training course. A course outline and list of topics is followed by the plans for the 10 lessons. Components of these lesson plans include topics; objectives; materials needed; lesson outline with activities and discussion; and student handouts. Lesson topics are as…

Martin, Sabrina Budasi

223

Lesson Study in a Professional Development School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

For the past six years, the Cranford Public School District and Seton Hall University in northern New Jersey, USA, have been Professional Development School partners. As a result of this partnership, experienced teachers have systematically mentored pre-service candidates in university field experiences. The Japanese practice of Lesson Study was…

Devlin-Scherer, Roberta; Mitchel, Lourdes Z.; Mueller, Mary

2007-01-01

224

after an Intensive Professional Development Program  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reforms in mathematics education call for K-12 teachers to employ standards-based pedagogies, which embody the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics' principles and standards. In order to effectively support teachers' implementation of standards-based curricula, professional development must be provided that meets teachers' needs. The…

McGee, Jennifer R.; Wang, Chuang; Drew, Polly

2013-01-01

225

The Professional Development of Graduate Teaching Assistants.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Sixteen papers address the training and professional development of graduate teaching assistants. The papers are: (1) "Preparing Graduate Students To Teach: Past, Present, and Future" (Nancy Van Note Chism); (2) "The Role of Centralized Programs in Preparing Graduate Students To Teach" (Jacqueline A. Mintz); (3) "The Disciplinary/Departmental…

Marincovich, Michele, Ed.; Prostko, Jack, Ed.; Stout, Frederic, Ed.

226

Technology Integration: A Case of Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Investigated whether a professional development session, teachers' learning styles, or an individual's personal appraisal of problem-solving abilities can be indicators of how technology will be integrated into instructional practices. Topics include Kolb's learning styles; the Problem Solving Inventory; and personal control style. (Author/LRW)

Nisan-Nelson, Paula D.

2001-01-01

227

INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK Almost all employers tell us that professional experience, communication and practical decision making skills  

E-print Network

development. Planning your IINTERNSHIP HANDBOOK Almost all employers tell us that professional experience, communication-time programs are possible The CALS Career Services Office in room 116 Agriculture Hall is available to help you

228

Becoming an Early Years Professional: Developing a New Professional Identity  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Research on professional identity places various emphasis on the influence of internal or external components (Beijaard, Meijer and Verloop 2004; McGillivray 2008; Osgood 2010), which can create tension between the normative and subjective view of what it means to be a particular type of professional. This small scale research sought to uncover…

Murray, Janet

2013-01-01

229

Developing Skills in Second Year Biological Science Undergraduates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Development of skills in bioscience undergraduates is seen as desirable by academic staff, students and employers, and this is reflected across most degree programmes. However, providing the opportunity for students to practise skills may alone be insufficient for their development. With an evident discrepancy between the skills expected of…

Robinson, Rosanna L.; McDonald, James E.

2014-01-01

230

Soft Skills Assessment: Theory Development and the Research Agenda  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Soft skills have become a subject of increasing interest in lifelong learning. Soft skills development is intended to enable and enhance personal development, participation in learning and success in employment. The assessment of soft skill is therefore widely practised, but there is little in the way of research or evidence on how well this…

Gibb, Stephen

2014-01-01

231

Developing Historical Writing Skills: A Scope and Sequence.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes a series of writing assignments which may be used to develop writing skills among secondary level history students. The assignments are sequenced to begin with lower level intellectual skills and build student confidence. (BSR)

Hall, Deborah C.

1987-01-01

232

Evaluating the Demand for Soft Skills in Software Development  

Microsoft Academic Search

An analysis of 500 advertisements for IT positions focuses on the soft skills mentioned in the ads, revealing which soft skills are in high demand for software development and which ones are neglected despite their importance.

Faheem Ahmed; Luiz Fernando Capretz; Piers Campbell

2012-01-01

233

Twelve Habits of Successful IT Professionals  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In all positions, professionals must continue to develop their skills. The higher education IT profession is no exception. However, many of these skills should be developed progressively. If IT professionals can start learning these twelve skills early in their career, they will have a good chance of turning the skills into habits--and of becoming…

Hawkins, Brian L.

2006-01-01

234

The effects of a STEM professional development intervention on elementary teachers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To improve and sustain science teaching and learning in the elementary grades, experts recommended school districts afford time in the day for science instruction, secure the necessary resources for an investigative classroom, and provide teachers with increased professional development opportunities that target content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and confidence in teaching science (e.g. Buczynski & Hansen, 2010; Brand & Moore, 2011; NSB, 2010). In particular, researchers recommended teachers receive quality professional development that is sustained over time and embedded in the real world of the classroom (e.g. Buczynski & Hansen, 2010; Cotabish & Robinson, 2012). The purpose of this dissertation was to examine changes in elementary teachers' science teaching perceptions, concerns, and science process skills during and after participation in a STEM-focused professional development intervention involving embedded support using peer coaching. The positive effects of sustained, embedded professional development programs on science instruction have been documented by multiple research studies (e.g. Buczynski & Hansen, 2010; Cotabish, Dailey, Hughes, & Robinson, 2011; Duran & Duran, 2005; Levitt, 2011); however, few studies have investigated the effects after removal of the professional development support (Johnson, Kahle, & Fargo, 2007; Shymansky, Yore, & Anderson, 2004). By examining the changes across three years (including one year after the conclusion of the professional development intervention), the researcher in the present study considered the dosage of intervention needed to bring about and preserve significant changes in the participant teachers. To measure the impact of the intervention on teachers, the researcher used quantitative data supported by qualitative interviews. Results indicated that changes in science teaching perceptions were realized after one year or 60 hours of intervention; however, it took two years or 120 hours of intervention to see significant changes in teachers' science process skills. Of particular significance, the changes in teachers' science teaching perceptions, concerns, and science process skills held constant one year after removal of the professional development support.

Dailey, Deborah D.

235

Professional Associations: Their Role in Promoting Sustainable Development in Australia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional associations have a strong influence on what is covered in the curricula of universities, especially that of professional degrees. They also provide members with professional development throughout their careers. Professional associations have the potential to facilitate development of sustainability competency in the workforce in…

Thomas, Ian; Hegarty, Kathryn; Whitman, Stuart; MacGregor, Val

2012-01-01

236

Take Charge of Your Personal and Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The need for professional development is universal, whatever a person's profession. Professionals must continually enrich their knowledge and increase their sense of professionalism over the course of their careers so as to implement current research-based practice. Early childhood professional development brings to the forefront the significance…

Goble, Carla B.; Horm, Diane M.

2010-01-01

237

Professional Development for Cooperative Learning. Issues and Approaches.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book describes approaches to professional development for cooperative learning and how the use of cooperative learning for teacher learning is leading to new insights into professional growth in schools. Part 1, "Begin with the Teacher: Focusing Professional Development for Cooperative Learning," offers "Introduction: Professional

Brody, Celeste M., Ed.; Davidson, Neil, Ed.

238

Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This collection of 16 essays is ideal for staff development providers (university faculty, district supervisors, lead teachers, and principals) as well as preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards. These professional development programs are in universities and school districts around the country--from Florida to Alaska, in rural and urban areas, and in contexts ranging from summer institutes to on-site support programs. The essays in this volume range from "Filling the Void in the Professional Development Continuum: Assisting Beginning Secondary Science Teachers" to "Emphasizing Inquiry, Collaboration, and Leadership in K-12 Professional Development" to "Hey! What're Ya Thinkin'? Developing Teachers as Reflective Practitioners." In addition to describing how the program works, each essay also provides evidence of effectiveness--how teachers grow more confident using inquiry approaches, in integrating technology into the classrooms, collaborating with their colleagues and local resource persons, and developing as science education leaders in their schools and districts.

2005-01-01

239

Pathways to URM Retention: IBP's Professional Development and Mentoring Activities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As a not for profit organization, the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) hosts a variety of initiatives designed to increase the retention of underrepresented minority (URM) students pursuing pathways in STEM. IBP also assists with formative program evaluation design and implementation to help strengthen URM recruitment and retention elements. Successful initiatives include virtual and face-to-face components that bring together URM students with established URM and other scientists in academia, government and industry. These connections provide URMs with mentoring, networking opportunities, and professional skill development contributing to an improved retention rate of URM students. IBP's initiatives include the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (NASA OSSI), Pathways to Ocean Science and Engineering, and the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD'S) in Earth System Science (ESS) Professional Development Program. The NASA OSSI recruits and facilitates student engagement in NASA education and employment opportunities. Pathways to Ocean Science connects and supports URM students with Ocean Science REU programs and serves as a resource for REU program directors. Pathways to Engineering has synthesized mentoring resources into an online mentoring manual for URM students that has been extensively vetted by mentoring experts throughout the country. The mentoring manual, which is organized by roles, provides undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, faculty and project directors with valuable resources. MS PHD'S, one of IBP's longest running and most successful initiatives, focuses on increasing the retention rate of URM students receiving advanced degrees in ESS. The program addresses barriers to retention in ESS including isolation, lack of preparation and professional development, and lack of mentoring. Program activities center on peer-to-peer community building, professional development exercises, networking experiences, one-on-one mentoring, and a facilitated virtual community. MS PHD'S students report a reduced sense of isolation, an increased sense of community, and a higher level of confidence about their ability to succeed in their chosen field. 42 MS PHD'S alumni have completed their PhD and are actively engaged in the ESS workforce.

Johnson, A.; Williamson Whitney, V.; Ricciardi, L.; Detrick, L.; Siegfried, D.; Fauver, A.; Ithier-Guzman, W.; Thomas, S. H.; Valaitis, S.

2013-05-01

240

High school teacher change, strategies, and actions in a professional development project connecting mathematics, science, and engineering  

Microsoft Academic Search

Project Pathways, an NSF Math Science Partnership professional development project, uses four semester-long courses and professional learning communities (PLCs) with the goal of enhancing teacher knowledge, skills and practice. The unifying concept of function is applied to promote conceptual competence in core content subjects and key problem solving processes. Modules integrating math, science, and engineering are delivered in team-based studio

Steve Krause; Robert Culbertson; Mike Oehrtman; Marilyn Carlson

2008-01-01

241

Recognizing and Supporting a Scholarship of Practice: Soft Skills are Hard!  

Microsoft Academic Search

Modern professional practice requires not only recognized 'technical' skills, but also high-level generic or 'soft' professional skills. Recent professional negligence claims suggest that technically well-qualified professionals with deficiencies in these generic skills may fail to effectively identify and satisfy client requirements, contributing to the professional indemnity insurance (PII) crisis which has developed in the last few years. In 2003, the

Stephen Johnston; Helen McGregor

242

Haptic Glove Technology: Skill Development through Video Game Play  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article introduces a recently developed haptic glove system and describes how the participants used a video game that was purposely designed to train them in skills that are needed for the efficient use of the haptic glove. Assessed skills included speed, efficiency, embodied skill, and engagement. The findings and implications for future…

Bargerhuff, Mary Ellen; Cowan, Heidi; Oliveira, Francisco; Quek, Francis; Fang, Bing

2010-01-01

243

Perceptual skill in soccer: Implications for talent identification and development  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this review, key components of perceptual skill in soccer are identified and implications for talent identification and development highlighted. Skilled soccer players can recall and recognize patterns of play more effectively than their less skilled counterparts. This ability to encode, retrieve and recognize sport-specific information is due to complex and discriminating long-term memory structures and is crucial to anticipation

A. M. Williams

2000-01-01

244

Motor Development and Skill Analysis. Connections to Elementary Physical Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Drawing upon stages of motor development and elements of biomechanics, the authors used anatomical planes as a frame of reference to determine movement patterns and assess readiness to perform movement skills. The combination of determining readiness and analyzing skill enables the teacher to plan proper motor skill activities. (MT)

Mielke, Dan; Morrison, Craig

1985-01-01

245

Comprehensive Development Plan in Office Skills. Final Performance Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Waubonsee Community College Comprehensive Development Plan in Office Skills served 208 students by assessment of basic skills and referral to appropriate programs or help with job skills and referral to employment during the 18-month grant period from December 1988 through June 30, 1990. The target population was minority women or economically…

Waubonsee Community Coll., Sugar Grove, IL.

246

SCANS-Related, Project-Based Instruction and Learning in Adult Education: A Professional Development Packet.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This packet contains materials for a professional development workshop series to prepare adult educators to design and implement instruction based on the SCANS skills, using a project-based approach to instruction. Session 1 is a full day, although facilitators may choose to make it two three-hour sessions. Session 2 is three and one-half hours.…

Tibbetts, John; Sherman, Renee; Crocker, Judy; Evans, Arthur

247

Leading with Diversity: Cultural Competencies for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

As the student population in schools becomes increasingly diverse, many teachers need professional development to build cultural competencies--the skills and awareness related to issues such as culture, language, race, and ethnicity. This book draws together in one place the research and practical knowledge about cultural competencies that…

Trumbull, Elise; Pacheco, Maria

2005-01-01

248

What Do We Mean by Professional Development in the Early Childhood Field?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Almost everyone recognizes the importance of having an effective early childhood workforce in programs that serve young children and families. Less clear is how to ensure that all early childhood practitioners have the essential knowledge and skills they need to be effective. Increasingly, policy makers are turning to professional development as…

Buysse, Virginia; Rous, Beth; Winton, Pamela

2008-01-01

249

Reflective Blogging as Part of ICT Professional Development to Support Pedagogical Change  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reflection is considered an inherent part of teacher practice. However, when used within professional development activity, it is fraught with issues associated with teacher confidence and skill in reflective action. Coupled with anxiety generally associated with technological competency and understanding the nature of blogging, constructive…

Prestridge, Sarah J.

2014-01-01

250

Training for Career Development Professionals: Responding to Supply and Demand in the Next Decade.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Changes in work have altered the role of career practitioners (counselors, educators, information providers). In Australia and New Zealand, training and professional standards for career development practice are limited. Such training should include multicultural competence, theoretical knowledge, technology skills, and labor market and…

Patton, Wendy

2002-01-01

251

Engaging the Audience: Developing Presentation Skills in Science Students  

PubMed Central

This article describes a graduate class in presentation skills (“PClass”) as a model for how a class with similar objectives, expectations and culture might be mounted for undergraduates. The required class is given for students in neuroscience and physiology programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; I describe the class in the years I led it, from 2003–2012. The class structure centered on peer rehearsal, critiquing of PowerPoint, and chalk talks by the students; video-recording of student talks for later review by the student with the instructor; and presentation of polished talks in a formal setting. A different faculty visitor to the class each week gave the students a variety of perspectives. The students also gained insight into their own evolving skills by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of seminars given by visitors to the campus. A unique feature of the class was collaboration with a professional actor from the University’s Department of Dramatic Arts, who helped the students develop techniques for keeping the attention of an audience, for speaking with confidence, and for controlling nervousness. The undergraduate campus would be expected to lend itself to this sort of interdisciplinary faculty cooperation. In addition, students worked on becoming adept at designing and presenting posters, introducing speakers graciously and taking charge of the speaker’s question session, and speaking to a lay audience. PMID:24319389

Stuart, Ann E.

2013-01-01

252

Engaging the audience: developing presentation skills in science students.  

PubMed

This article describes a graduate class in presentation skills ("PClass") as a model for how a class with similar objectives, expectations and culture might be mounted for undergraduates. The required class is given for students in neuroscience and physiology programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; I describe the class in the years I led it, from 2003-2012. The class structure centered on peer rehearsal, critiquing of PowerPoint, and chalk talks by the students; video-recording of student talks for later review by the student with the instructor; and presentation of polished talks in a formal setting. A different faculty visitor to the class each week gave the students a variety of perspectives. The students also gained insight into their own evolving skills by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of seminars given by visitors to the campus. A unique feature of the class was collaboration with a professional actor from the University's Department of Dramatic Arts, who helped the students develop techniques for keeping the attention of an audience, for speaking with confidence, and for controlling nervousness. The undergraduate campus would be expected to lend itself to this sort of interdisciplinary faculty cooperation. In addition, students worked on becoming adept at designing and presenting posters, introducing speakers graciously and taking charge of the speaker's question session, and speaking to a lay audience. PMID:24319389

Stuart, Ann E

2013-01-01

253

Barriers to Child Care Providers' Professional Development  

Microsoft Academic Search

The current study uses telephone interview data gathered from 647 randomly-selected child care providers (92 center-based directors, 230 center-based providers, and 325 family child care providers) to describe one state's child care workforce and the individual beliefs, pragmatic concerns, and current regulations that may operate as barriers to providers' professional development. Results indicate meaningful differences among the three groups' demographic

Sara Gable; Amy Halliburton

2003-01-01

254

A Consumer Guide to Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

How can a science teacher find professional development (PD) opportunities that are meaningful, coherent, and sustained that will foster teacher and student learning? The authors believe that science teachers can and should be savvy consumers of PD--seeking out learning experiences that are designed with a few key features in mind. The purpose of this article is to articulate those key features by presenting a consumer guide that includes two parts--a shoppers's guide and a user's guide to PD.

Arbaugh, Fran; Hutchins, Kristen; Lee, Michele; Marra, Rose; Abell, Sandra

2008-04-01

255

Kepler Mission IYA Teacher Professional Development Workshops  

Microsoft Academic Search

NASA's Kepler Mission conducted six teacher professional development workshops on the search for Earth-size in the habitable zone of Sun-like stars. The Kepler Mission launched in March, 2009. As a part of International Year of Astronomy 2009, this series of one-day workshops were designed and presented for middle and high school teachers, and science center and planetarium educators prior to

E. K. Devore; P. Harman; A. D. Gould; D. Koch

2009-01-01

256

Professionalization, Partnership, and Power: Building Professional Development Schools. SUNY Series, Frontiers in Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This volume presents a variety of different implementations of the professional development school concept of teacher education in the following 17 author-contributed chapters: "School-University Partnerships and Partner Schools" (John Goodlad); "Design Principles and Criteria for Professional Development Schools" (Frank Murray); "The Professional

Petrie, Hugh G., Ed.

257

Professional Development in Early Childhood Programs: Process Issues and Research Needs  

PubMed Central

In light of the current policy context, early childhood educators are being asked to have a complex understanding of child development and early education issues and provide rich, meaningful educational experiences for all children and families in their care. Accountability for outcomes is high, and resources for professional support are limited. As such, the early education field needs well-conducted empirical studies on which to base professional development practices. In this paper, we offer research directions associated with the processes underlying professional development, including areas in need of investigation that can inform the early childhood education field in terms of how professional development efforts exert their influence and produce meaningful change in practitioners’ skills, behaviors, and dispositions. The paper highlights representative research from the professional development literature on its various forms/approaches and offers an agenda for research on the professional development process. Broad issues associated with the conduct of research on professional development, including considerations of professional development processes, participant characteristics, relationships, and sustainability are discussed. PMID:19809599

Sheridan, Susan M.; Edwards, Carolyn Pope; Marvin, Christine A.; Knoche, Lisa L.

2009-01-01

258

Interdisciplinary Professional Development: Astrolabes for Medievalists  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Astronomers and astronomy educators have significantly broadened the intended audience for their outreach activities, from the traditional venues of public schools, libraries and planetariums to national parks, coffee houses, and concert halls. At the same time, significant attention has been paid to improving the quality and relevance of professional development directed toward preservice and inservice science teachers. Many of our outreach and professional development programs have also become increasingly creative in their use of interdisciplinary connections to astronomy, such as cultural astronomy and the history of astronomy. This poster describes a specific example of interdisciplinary professional development directed at a different audience, humanities faculty and researchers, through hands-on workshops on the basic astronomical background and usage of an astrolabe conducted at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in 2013 and 2014. The goal was to explain the basic astronomy behind astrolabes (as well as their cultural relevance) to medieval scholars in history, literature, and other disciplines. The intention was to increase their comfort with manipulating and explaining astrolabes to a basic level where they could share their knowledge with their own college classes. In this way the relevance of astronomy to myriad human endeavors could be reinforced by humanities faculty within their own courses.

Larsen, Kristine

2014-06-01

259

Faculty Development in Tobacco Cessation: Training Health Professionals and Promoting Tobacco Control in Developing Countries  

PubMed Central

Issues Cessation programs are essential components of comprehensive tobacco control. Health care providers, especially physicians, have major responsibility for role modeling and promoting cessation. For successful, sustainable cessation training programs, countries need health care professionals with knowledge and skills to deliver and teach tobacco cessation. Approach Review literature relevant to faculty development in tobacco cessation and discuss its strategic potential in tobacco control. Key findings Faculty development is essential for sustainable tobacco cessation training programs, and a potentially powerful strategy to shift professional and societal norms toward cessation and support of comprehensive tobacco control in countries with normative tobacco use and underdeveloped tobacco control programs. Implications Medical faculty are in a key position to influence tobacco cessation and control programs because of their roles as educators and researchers, receptivity to innovation and, influence on competencies and standards for medical education and practice. Faculty development programs must consider the number and type of faculty, and tobacco cessation curricula needed. Faculty development fosters the ability to institutionalize cessation education for students and community practitioners. Academic faculty are often leaders in their professional disciplines, influential in establishing clinical practice standards, and technical experts for government and other key health organizations. Conclusion Training health care professional faculty to become knowledgeable and committed to tobacco cessation opens opportunities to promote cessation and shift professional and societal norms away from tobacco use. PMID:19737208

Muramoto, Myra L.; Lando, Harry

2014-01-01

260

Classroom Effects of an Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Partnership  

Microsoft Academic Search

We evaluated an Early Childhood Educator Professional Development (ECEPD) project that provided high-quality, sustained, and intensive professional development designed to support developmentally appropriate instruction for preschool-age children based on the best available research on early childhood pedagogy, child development, and preschool learning. Participating teachers in ECEPD classrooms received extensive, intensive, and continuous professional development and coaching on critical features of

Bob Algozzine; Julie Babb; Kate Algozzine; Maryann Mraz; Brian Kissel; Sedra Spano; Kimberly Foxworth

2011-01-01

261

Explorations in Professional Development: The First Three Years.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A California University systemwide approach to professional development encompassing the three facets of personal development, instructional development, and environmental modification is summarized. Objectives of professional development and objectives of successful campus programs are presented and aspects of the Center for Professional

Ost, David H.

262

The Effects of Development Team Skill on Software Product Quality  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper provides an analysis of the effect of the skill/experience of the software development team on the quality of the final software product. A method for the assessment of software development team skill and experience is proposed, and was derived from a workforce management tool currently in use by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Using data from 26 smallscale software development projects, the team skill measures are correlated to 5 software product quality metrics from the ISO/IEC 9126 Software Engineering Product Quality standard. in the analysis of the results, development team skill is found to be a significant factor in the adequacy of the design and implementation. In addition, the results imply that inexperienced software developers are tasked with responsibilities ill-suited to their skill level, and thus have a significant adverse effect on the quality of the software product. Keywords: software quality, development skill, software metrics

Beaver, Justin M.; Schiavone, Guy A.

2006-01-01

263

Innovative Professional Development: Expanding Your Professional Learning Network  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To assume the role of technology leaders and information literacy specialists in their schools, librarians need access to the most current information. And, they do this by helping each other. There are many definitions, but professional learning networks (PLNs) involve sharing work-related ideas with a network of colleagues via various digital…

Perez, Lisa

2012-01-01

264

Activities to Develop Your Students' Motor Skills.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Instructions and illustrations support this discussion of learning activities designed to remediate deficiences and build skills in balance and/or motor skills for mildly handicapped students who may not have access to physical therapy or adaptive physical education. Appropriate for both regular and special classes, activities include arm…

Eastman, Mary Kay; Safran, Joan S.

1986-01-01

265

Skill Development for Volunteering in Rural Communities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper examines the skills required of volunteers in the voluntary sector organisations that operate in three rural Tasmanian communities. It reports how volunteers acquire those skills and reveals the challenges faced by voluntary sector organisations in rural communities whose industries and, following from this, community members have a…

Kilpatrick, Sue; Stirling, Christine; Orpin, Peter

2010-01-01

266

Developing Leadership Skills through Capstone Experiences.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The question of whether a 15-week capstone course in agricultural communications for seniors in agricultural communications builds leadership skills beyond technical classroom learning was examined in a study of 15 students enrolled in the capstone course. The descriptive study used a pretest-posttest design and a leadership skills inventory to…

Sargent, Sarah D.; Pennington, Penny; Sitton, Shelly

267

Teachers' Perception of Satisfaction, Skill Development, and Skill Application after Instructional Consultation Services  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A primary hypothesized outcome of consultee-centered consultation, including instructional consultation (IC), is that consultees will become more skilled. However, these claims have not been well researched. Data from 274 teachers implementing IC were analyzed to investigate perceptions of satisfaction and skill development. Results indicated that…

Kaiser, Lauren; Rosenfield, Sylvia; Gravois, Todd

2009-01-01

268

Professional Development in Higher Education. New Dimensions & Directions.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book considers the present landscape of professional development in higher education in the United Kingdom, exploring the roles and implications of professional development and accreditation and the sometimes conflicting roles of teaching and research. The roles of professional bodies in the formalized staff development and accreditation in…

Nicholls, Gill

269

Mentoring as Professional Development: "Growth for Both" Mentor and Mentee  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Teachers need professional development to keep current with teaching practices, although costs for extensive professional development can be prohibitive across an education system. Mentoring provides one way for embedding cost-effective professional development. This mixed-method study includes surveying mentor teachers ("n" = 101) on a…

Hudson, Peter

2013-01-01

270

Professional Development Planning and Design. Issues in Science Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book focuses on the professional development of teachers and discusses issues related to the planning and design of professional development programs. The content of the book is divided into three parts. Part 1, Standards-Based Reform and Professional Development includes: (1) "National Science Education Standards as a Catalyst for Change:…

Rhoton, Jack; Bowers, Patricia

271

Learning, Motivation, and Transfer: Successful Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this article, I am concerned with three key issues of teacher professional development--teacher learning, motivation, and transfer of learning. Each issue has received minimal attention in teacher professional development literature. The three issues are discussed, and a model of an integrative professional development approach is outlined,…

McDonald, Lex

2012-01-01

272

The Facilitator's Role in Elementary Mathematics Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study identified qualities of influential facilitators of elementary mathematics professional development. Extensive research relating to elementary mathematics professional development has emerged over the past three decades. Embedded in this body of research are recommendations for effective practices in professional development and…

Linder, Sandra M.

2011-01-01

273

2012 Professional Development Meeting; Ames, IA Research update: Bee health  

E-print Network

;2012 Professional Development Meeting; Ames, IA Are neonicotinoids bad for bees? · YES! Extremely toxic to honey2012 Professional Development Meeting; Ames, IA Research update: Bee health and pesticide exposure Purdue University #12;2012 Professional Development Meeting; Ames, IA Why care about honey bees? · Honey

Jurenka, Russell A.

274

A Graduate Laboratory Course on Biodiesel Production Emphasizing Professional, Teamwork, and Research Skills  

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In this article we report on the use of a graduate "Special Topics" course to provide vital research and practical laboratory experience, within the context of developing a chemical process to manufacture biodiesel from algal sources. This course contained several key components that we believe are necessary skills in graduate research: 1) a…

Leavesley, West

2011-01-01

275

Recertification and continuing professional development: The way ahead.  

PubMed

The arguments in favour of recertification have been made cogently. Doctors in the UK on the whole continue to enjoy the trust and respect of their patients and the general public, but the Shipman enquiry led by Dame Janet Smith questioned the validity of the existing system. Following a lengthy discussion, the Chief Medical Officer of England published his proposal for professional regulation: Trust, assurance and safety - the regulation of health professionals in the 21st century¹ was published in February 2007. This document laid out the principles of revalidation for all doctors practising in the United Kingdom. The purpose of revalidation is principally to ensure that doctors update their knowledge and skills, and that they are fit to practise. This mechanism of revalidation will ensure that health professionals will be able to demonstrate their continued fitness to practise by collecting supporting data. The medical revalidation has two components: relicensure and specialist recertification. From 16 November 2009 all doctors are expected to have a licence to practise to enable them to remain on the Medical Register, and this licence must be renewed every year. This process will be managed by the General Medical Council (GMC). Recertification will apply to all specialist doctors, including general practitioners, requiring them to demonstrate that they meet the standards that apply to their particular medical specialty. The Royal Colleges have been delegated to set these standards, and approved by the GMC. Recertification will take place every five years. Recertification will be underpinned by enhanced appraisal, multi source feedback, and a robust continuing professional development programme. PMID:20688575

Mahmood, Tahir

2010-12-01

276

Response to Section II: What's Needed Now--Professional Development Schools and the Professionalization of Teaching  

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The professional development schools (PDS) effort, which grew out of the groundbreaking work of the Holmes Group (1986), was deliberately focused on the support and advancement of teachers as professionals and the professionalization of teaching, so the author argues that it is ironic that a volume about PDS might be seen as voicing an opinion…

Goodwin, A. Lin

2011-01-01

277

Can skill-development training alleviate burnout in hospital social workers?.  

PubMed

Staff development programs, which focus on imparting and improving intervention skills, are acknowledged as an efficient way to reduce burnout, but few studies have examined this effect. The aim of the present study was to detect any difference in the level of social worker's burnout before and after attending two different skill-development groups, namely group-intervention skills for more experienced social workers and general hospital social-work skills for less experienced. Twenty-five hospital social workers participated in the study. The three dimensions of burnout, namely emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment, changed between the pre-training and post-training measures: personal accomplishment rose by 12.39% and depersonalization fell by 29.75%. The difference was significant for the two dimensions in both groups. Emotional exhaustion significantly declined in the hospital social-work skills group only, and revealed a group-time effect. The level of peer support rose in the hospital-skills group and was positively related to a lowering of emotional exhaustion. This was an exploratory study, with a rather small sample, and the results are preliminary, but they show a promising possibility of burnout reduction among professional workers. Further research on the effect of skill development training on reducing burnout is needed. PMID:15911505

Cohen, Miri; Gagin, Roni

2005-01-01

278

Engineering soft skills development to avoid hard knocks  

Microsoft Academic Search

Engineering and technology sectors have long recognised the importance of soft skills for successful career progression. Research suggests that soft skills are better developed when acquired and practiced than taught. The research describes initial reflections on the potential of discipline-oriented, web-based resource for Personal Development Planning (PDP) to promote and support learner's engagement with personal development and their increased employability

Rashmi Dravid; Andrea Duncan

2011-01-01

279

Developing Practical Skills for Quality Assurance and Metrology Applications in Manufacturing  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Quality control on the plant floor is practiced much differently than it is presented in the classroom with numerous opportunities for inaccurate data collection and unclear conclusions. Experienced quality professionals often find that newly hired graduates have difficulty with issues such as gaging, data interpretation, and conforming to a production and cost oriented environment. While many of these issues are a matter of experience, both industry professionals and the related literature indicate that applied quality concepts should be added to basic quality control curricula at the college level. Every effort should be made to strengthen students skills by combining theoretical knowledge with practical situations. Developing Practical Skills for Quality Assurance and Metrology Applications in Manufacturing investigates the practical skills needed by entry level personnel in the quality control environment. The procedure used to gain this information includes:1) In-depth conversations with industry professionals to identify needed skills and specific gaps in entry-level abilities; 2) Development and validation of a survey tool to determine practical industryrequirements of entry-level quality control personnel; 3) Administering the survey and drawing conclusions from the results. The paper ends with suggested classroom activities to give students experience in capability analysis, statistical process control, gage R&R, and process analysis.

Amos, Scott

280

Developing nurse educators' computer skills towards proficiency in nursing informatics.  

PubMed

The purpose of this paper is to assess nurse educators' competence development in nursing informatics (NI) and to compare their competence to the NI competence of other healthcare professionals. Electronic health records (EHR) have been in use for many years. However, the adoption of the nursing care plan finally made it possible for nurses in Finland to develop a model for structured documentation with nursing terminology. A total of n?=?124 (n?=?85 pre-test and n?=?39 post-test) participants from Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), hospitals, hospitals' information management and health centres were surveyed with a e-questionnaire designed to assess the development of their NI competences during the nursing documentation development project. The questionnaire included 145 structured questions and 6 open questions. Data analysis focused on classification and comparison of NI competences through data description and statistical parameters using figures and tables. The basic NI competences of the nurse educators were good at the end of project and the nurse educators had better information literacy and information management competences than other participants. The information retrieval skills varied greatly, but they improved evenly towards the end. The nurse educators mastered better evidence-based nursing and use of nursing process models in their work. PMID:24152130

Rajalahti, Elina; Heinonen, Jarmo; Saranto, Kaija

2014-01-01

281

Perspective: Medical education in medical ethics and humanities as the foundation for developing medical professionalism.  

PubMed

Medical education accreditation organizations require medical ethics and humanities education to develop professionalism in medical learners, yet there has never been a comprehensive critical appraisal of medical education in ethics and humanities. The Project to Rebalance and Integrate Medical Education (PRIME) I Workshop, convened in May 2010, undertook the first critical appraisal of the definitions, goals, and objectives of medical ethics and humanities teaching. The authors describe assembling a national expert panel of educators representing the disciplines of ethics, history, literature, and the visual arts. This panel was tasked with describing the major pedagogical goals of art, ethics, history, and literature in medical education, how these disciplines should be integrated with one another in medical education, and how they could be best integrated into undergraduate and graduate medical education. The authors present the recommendations resulting from the PRIME I discussion, centered on three main themes. The major goal of medical education in ethics and humanities is to promote humanistic skills and professional conduct in physicians. Patient-centered skills enable learners to become medical professionals, whereas critical thinking skills assist learners to critically appraise the concept and implementation of medical professionalism. Implementation of a comprehensive medical ethics and humanities curriculum in medical school and residency requires clear direction and academic support and should be based on clear goals and objectives that can be reliably assessed. The PRIME expert panel concurred that medical ethics and humanities education is essential for professional development in medicine. PMID:22373629

Doukas, David J; McCullough, Laurence B; Wear, Stephen

2012-03-01

282

The Medical Library Association's professional development program: a look back at the way ahead*  

PubMed Central

Objective: Reflecting patterns evident in past Janet Doe Lectures, the 2005 address reviews the Medical Library Association's (MLA's) professional development activities from their beginnings after World War II. A group of related but separate activities is traced through the establishment of an integrated professional development program. A further objective is to introduce newer members of MLA to their heritage and to remind others how the association has reached this point in its history. Setting: The lecture provides an overview of the evolution of MLA's professional development program—with emphasis on certification and continuing education in the early years. It further reflects briefly on some of the more recent MLA activities that have greatly impacted professional development and underscores some new initiatives. Analysis: The efforts of a virtual who's who of MLA's membership have been responsible for the convergence of the association's efforts over more than half a century to provide a comprehensive professional development program. As a participant in MLA's professional development activities for more than forty years, the 2005 lecturer provides a personal view of the growth and expansion of the program. Conclusions: Professional development has been a hallmark of MLA for many years. The association's challenge is to continue to develop creative and innovative programs, to continuously review and revise existing programs, and to have the vision and vitality to maintain a viable program that will provide the membership with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively now and in the future. PMID:16404465

Roper, Fred W.

2006-01-01

283

Kepler Mission IYA Teacher Professional Development Workshops  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

NASA's Kepler Mission conducted six teacher professional development workshops on the search for Earth-size in the habitable zone of Sun-like stars. The Kepler Mission launched in March, 2009. As a part of International Year of Astronomy 2009, this series of one-day workshops were designed and presented for middle and high school teachers, and science center and planetarium educators prior to and after the launch. The professional development workshops were designed using the best practices and principals from the National Science Education Standards and similar documents. Sharing the outcome of our plans, strategies and formative evaluation results can be of use to other Education and Public Outreach practitioners who plan similar trainings. Each event was supported by a Kepler team scientist, two Education & Public Outreach staff and local hosts. The workshops combined a science content lecture and discussion, making models, kinesthetic activities, and interpretation of transit data. The emphasis was on inquiry-based instruction and supported science education standards in grades 7-12. Participants’ kit included an orrery, optical sensor and software to demonstrate transit detection. The workshop plan, teaching strategies, and lessons learned from evaluation will be discussed. Future events are planned. Kepler's Education and Public Outreach program is jointly conducted by the SETI Institute and Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley in close coordination with the Kepler Mission at NASA Ames Research Center. The IYA Kepler Teacher Professional Development workshops were supported by NASA Grants to the E. DeVore, SETI Institute NAG2-6066 Kepler Education and Public Outreach and NNX08BA74G, IYA Kepler Mission Pre-launch Workshops. Teachers participate in human orrery.

Devore, E. K.; Harman, P.; Gould, A. D.; Koch, D.

2009-12-01

284

Development and Application of a Situated Apprenticeship Approach to Professional Development of Astronomy Instructors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Professional development for astronomy instructors largely focuses on enhancing their understanding of the limitations of professor-centered lectures while also increasing awareness and better implementation of learning strategies that promote a learner-centered classroom environment. Given how difficult it is to get instructors to implement well-developed and innovative teaching ideas, even when these instructors are supplied with significant and compelling education research data, one must wonder what is missing from the most commonly used professional development experiences. This article proposes a learner- centered approach to professional development for college instructors, which we call situated apprenticeship. This novel approach purposely goes beyond simple awareness building and conventional modeling, challenging instructors to actively engage themselves in practicing teaching strategies in an environment of peer review in which participants offer suggestions and critiques of each other's implementation. Through this learner-centered teaching and evaluation experience, instructors' preexisting conceptual and pedagogical understandings of a particular instructional strategy are brought forth and examined in an effort to promote a real change of practice that positively impacts both their core pedagogical content knowledge and their skills in successfully implementing these teaching strategies. We believe that the adoption of our situated apprenticeship approach for professional development will increase the frequency and success of college instructors' implementation of research-validated instructional strategies for interactive learning.

Prather, Edward E.; Brissenden, Gina

285

Development and Application of a Situated Apprenticeship Approach to Professional Development of Astronomy Instructors  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Professional development for astronomy instructors largely focuses on enhancing their understanding of the limitations of professor-centered lectures while also increasing awareness and better implementation of learning strategies that promote a learner-centered classroom environment. Given how difficult it is to get instructors to implement well-developed and innovative teaching ideas, even when these instructors are supplied with significant and compelling education research data, one must wonder what is missing from the most commonly used professional development experiences. This article proposes a learner- centered approach to professional development for college instructors, which we call situated apprenticeship. This novel approach purposely goes beyond simple awareness building and conventional modeling, challenging instructors to actively engage themselves in practicing teaching strategies in an environment of peer review in which participants offer suggestions and critiques of each otherâs implementation. Through this learner-centered teaching and evaluation experience, instructorsâ preexisting conceptual and pedagogical understandings of a particular instructional strategy are brought forth and examined in an effort to promote a real change of practice that positively impacts both their core pedagogical content knowledge and their skills in successfully implementing these teaching strategies. We believe that the adoption of our situated apprenticeship approach for professional development will increase the frequency and success of college instructorsâ implementation of research-validated instructional strategies for interactive learning.

Prather, Edward E.; Brissenden, Gina

2011-10-13

286

Climate Literacy: Supporting Teacher Professional Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy (CCCL) is an NSF-funded (DRK-12) project that includes curriculum development, teacher professional development, teacher leadership development, and research on student learning, all directed at high school teachers and students. The project's evaluation efforts inform and guide all major components of the project. The research effort addresses the question of what interventions are most effective in helping high school students grasp the complexities of the Earth system and climate processes, which occur over a range of spatial and temporal scales. The curriculum unit includes three distinct but related modules: Climate and the Cryosphere; Climate, Weather, and the Biosphere; and Climate and the Carbon Cycle. Climate-related themes that cut across all three modules include the Earth system, with the complexities of its positive and negative feedback loops; the range of temporal and spatial scales at which climate, weather, and other Earth system processes occur; and the recurring question, "How do we know what we know about Earth's past and present climate?" which addresses proxy data and scientific instrumentation. The professional development component of the project includes online science resources to support the teaching of the curriculum modules, summer workshops for high school teachers, and a support system for developing the teacher leaders who plan and implement those summer workshops. When completed, the project will provide a model high school curriculum with online support for implementing teachers and a cadre of leaders who can continue to introduce new teachers to the resource. This presentation will introduce the curriculum and the university partnerships that are key to the project's success, and describe how the project addresses the challenge of helping teachers develop their understanding of climate science and their ability to convey climate-related concepts articulated in the Next Generation Science Standards to their students. We will also describe the professional development and support system to develop teacher leaders and explain some of the challenges that accompany this approach of developing teacher leaders in the area of climate literacy.

Haddad, N.; Ledley, T. S.; Dunlap, C.; Bardar, E.; Youngman, B.; Ellins, K. K.; McNeal, K. S.; Libarkin, J.

2012-12-01

287

Developing Teacher Evaluation Systems That Promote Professional Growth.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The development of teacher evaluation systems that promote professional growth is discussed, based on studies in South Kitsap, North Haven, and Levittown of adult development and teacher evaluation and the professional experiences of D. L. Duke. "Decoupling" accountability from professional growth provides the best means of forwarding the latter.…

Duke, Daniel L.

1990-01-01

288

Providing Effective Professional Development: Lessons from the Eisenhower Program.  

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Reports on two studies evaluating the effectiveness of the federal government's Eisenhower Professional Development Program. Describes high quality professional development of in-service teachers, changes in teaching practice, six key practices identified in literature, and the relationship between district policies and the quality of professional

Porter, Andrew C.; Garet, Michael S.; Desimone, Laura M.; Birman, Beatrice F.

2003-01-01

289

Developing Understanding and Social Skills through Cooperative Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study has two parallel research agenda: (1) the development of social skills and pedagogical content knowledge in teacher candidates as they work collaboratively in pairs, and (2) the development of conceptual understanding and social skills in elementary school students who are taught by teacher candidates with cooperative learning…

Ferrer, Lourdes M.

2004-01-01

290

A hypermedia approach for developing research and reporting skills  

Microsoft Academic Search

Whole language and cooperative learning are effective ways to help students develop and integrate academic skill. The computer makes available the possibility of multimedia opportunities to apply whole language, cooperative learning, and other strategies to promote the development of cognitive, affective, and social skills.The project reported in this paper explored a successful strategy for using HyperCard and interactive technology to

Peggy Buffington; Edward L. Vockell

1994-01-01

291

Online Course Increases Nutrition Professionals' Knowledge, Skills, and Self-Efficacy in Using an Ecological Approach to Prevent Childhood Obesity  

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Objective: To assess the impact of an online continuing education course on the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy of nutrition professionals to use an ecological approach to prevent childhood obesity. Design: Quasi-experimental design using intervention and delayed intervention comparison groups with pre/post-course assessments. Setting: Online…

Stark, Christina M.; Graham-Kiefer, Meredith L.; Devine, Carol M.; Dollahite, Jamie S.; Olson, Christine M.

2011-01-01

292

Student Self-Assessment of Professional Communication Skills at the Illinois College of Optometry.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A self-evaluation of communication skills was administered to approximately 500 optometry students before, during, and after a curriculum intervention to enhance these skills. Findings indicated that the intervention had a modest impact that was differential over the skill categories (interpersonal skills, patient care, interdisciplinary skills,…

Gross, Sanford M.; Zoltoski, Rebecca K.; Cornick, Michelle L.; Wong, Kenneth K. W.

2000-01-01

293

Motivation and continuation of professional development.  

PubMed Central

Variations in levels of motivation to learn among established general practitioners (GPs) have received scant attention. Building on previous work, we present an analysis of factors contributing to the development of motivation to learn in those who are entering and already established in practice. This approach suggests that individual motivation is both complex and unstable in response to external factors. We draw attention to the possibility of motivational immaturity in recruits to general practice, the contribution of values, and the presence of demotivators. The implications of our analysis are explored in relation to individual professional development and continuing education provision. We suggest that motivational audit will identify individual and contextual factors that are reducing the capacity of GPs to continue learning. A number of approaches addressing these factors are proposed. PMID:9800406

Miller, J; Bligh, J; Stanley, I; al Shehri, A

1998-01-01

294

Continuing Professional Development in Context: Teachers' Continuing Professional Development Culture in Germany and Sweden  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article investigates the continuing professional development (CPD) culture of teachers, and asks how it is influenced by properties of the school system. It reports the results of a questionnaire study with 418 secondary teachers from Sweden and Germany. The results show highly significant differences between Swedish and German teachers'…

Wermke, Wieland

2011-01-01

295

Soft Skills at the Malaysian Institutes of Higher Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article discusses human capital development through the seven soft skills elements which comprise communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, team work, lifelong learning and information management skills, entrepreneurship skills, ethics, and professional moral and leadership skills. The Ministry of Higher Education,…

Shakir, Roselina

2009-01-01

296

Reexamining technology’s role in learner-centered professional development  

Microsoft Academic Search

The American Psychological Association’s Learner-Centered Principles provide empirically-based approaches to improving teaching and learning. However, in order to facilitate learner-centered,\\u000a technology-rich instruction to K-12 students, teachers must be afforded opportunities to develop key understandings and skills,\\u000a rarely evident in most professional development programs. In this paper, we synthesize empirically-based studies and recommendations\\u000a for teacher learning and propose a learner-centered professional

Drew Polly; Michael J. Hannafin

2010-01-01

297

Developing a Collaborative Partnership through a Professional Development School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes a three-year partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools designed with input from faculty of both institutions, including special educators. The article focuses on specific professional development activities, the role of the special education staff, and plans for future…

Wesson, Caren L.; And Others

1994-01-01

298

Teachers' Professional Development Experiences: Implications for Teaching Practice  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to inquire into the ways in which participation in physical science professional development impacts science teachers' professional learning and ultimately their practice over time. This study strove to provide a greater understanding of teachers' processes as they engage in professional learning and make changes in…

Vail, Teresa M.

2011-01-01

299

Continuous Professional Development along the Continuum of Lifelong Learning.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Of 300 surveyed, responses from 94 nurses, 38 occupational therapists, and 50 physical therapists indicated that professional knowledge was a prime motivation for continuing professional development, followed by updating qualifications, increasing the status of the profession, and demonstrating professional competence. No differences were observed…

Ryan, Jane

2003-01-01

300

Growing on the Job: Professional Development for the School Librarian.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This guide presents a series of articles which give pointers, hints, and examples of day-to-day development activities school librarians can use to hone their professionalism. The first of five sections describes ways in which librarians can provide professional service and lists some markers of professionalism. The second section presents one…

Boardman, Edna M.

301

Development of Professional Identity through Socialization in Graduate School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional identity is one outcome of successful socialization. The purpose of this study was to understand how socialization in graduate programs contributes to the development of professional identity for new professionals in student affairs. Via survey, we found significant relationships between program qualities, standards, activities, and…

Liddell, Debora L.; Wilson, Maureen E.; Pasquesi, Kira; Hirschy, Amy S.; Boyle, Kathleen M.

2014-01-01

302

Is the Scale for Measuring Motivational Interviewing Skills a valid and reliable instrument for measuring the primary care professionals motivational skills?: EVEM study protocol  

PubMed Central

Background Lifestyle is one of the main determinants of people’s health. It is essential to find the most effective prevention strategies to be used to encourage behavioral changes in their patients. Many theories are available that explain change or adherence to specific health behaviors in subjects. In this sense the named Motivational Interviewing has increasingly gained relevance. Few well-validated instruments are available for measuring doctors’ communication skills, and more specifically the Motivational Interviewing. Methods/Design The hypothesis of this study is that the Scale for Measuring Motivational Interviewing Skills (EVEM questionnaire) is a valid and reliable instrument for measuring the primary care professionals skills to get behavior change in patients. To test the hypothesis we have designed a prospective, observational, multi-center study to validate a measuring instrument. –Scope: Thirty-two primary care centers in Spain. -Sampling and Size: a) face and consensual validity: A group composed of 15 experts in Motivational Interviewing. b) Assessment of the psychometric properties of the scale; 50 physician- patient encounters will be videoed; a total of 162 interviews will be conducted with six standardized patients, and another 200 interviews will be conducted with 50 real patients (n=362). Four physicians will be specially trained to assess 30 interviews randomly selected to test the scale reproducibility. -Measurements for to test the hypothesis: a) Face validity: development of a draft questionnaire based on a theoretical model, by using Delphi-type methodology with experts. b) Scale psychometric properties: intraobservers will evaluate video recorded interviews: content-scalability validity (Exploratory Factor Analysis), internal consistency (Cronbach alpha), intra-/inter-observer reliability (Kappa index, intraclass correlation coefficient, Bland & Altman methodology), generalizability, construct validity and sensitivity to change (Pearson product–moment correlation coefficient). Discussion The verification of the hypothesis that EVEM is a valid and reliable tool for assessing motivational interviewing would be a major breakthrough in the current theoretical and practical knowledge, as it could be used to assess if the providers put into practice a patient centered communication style and can be used both for training or researching purposes. Trials registration Dislip-EM study NCT01282190 (ClinicalTrials.gov) PMID:23173902

2012-01-01

303

Developing students' physics problem-solving skills  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This paper describes a protocol designed to help students taking their first undergraduate physics course in acquiring the basic skills of physics problem-solving. The educational effectiveness of this protocol for mature students in distance education has been extensively evaluated, and it is now being used as the basis for an interactive multimedia learning package.

Bolton, John; Ross, Shelagh

2005-11-03

304

Development of Map Construction Skills in Childhood  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two studies examined children's map construction skills when drawing demands were removed from the task and scenes were highly simplified. Study 1 compared the performance of first graders and third graders on their ability to preserve configuration during transformation of pictured arrays from eye-level to aerial views. For children with…

Hirsch, Pamela L.; Sandberg, Elisabeth Hollister

2013-01-01

305

Communication Technology To Develop Collaborative Skills.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explores communication technology as an instructional tool in relationship to quality of interaction, individual productivity, group productivity, and satisfaction with the learning environment. Discusses collaborative learning skills and examines differences in graduate students' perception using groupware versus face-to-face learning.…

Lawrence, Carolena Lyons

2003-01-01

306

Developing Social Skills among Day Care Children.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Constituting a secondary preventive intervention, 61 low SES preschool children attending four inner-city day care centers were provided a program of social skills building exercises. In contrast to primary preventive efforts that focus on a central concern, secondary prevention attends to potentially serious concomitant issues. In this study the…

Jason, Leonard A.; And Others

307

SOCIAL: An Integrative Framework for the Development of Social Skills  

Microsoft Academic Search

Despite significant advances in the field of social neuroscience, much remains to be understood regarding the development and maintenance of social skills across the life span. Few comprehensive models exist that integrate multidisciplinary perspectives and explain the multitude of factors that influence the emergence and expression of social skills. Here, a developmental biopsychosocial model (SOCIAL) is offered that incorporates the

Miriam H. Beauchamp; Vicki Anderson

2010-01-01

308

The Geopolitics and Meanings of India's Massive Skills Development Ambitions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper interrogates the drivers and meanings behind the dramatic rise of technical and vocational education and training in the policy and political agenda of India. What are the assumptions about the existing traditions and character of India's culture or cultures of skills development? Is the massive planned expansion of skilled people in…

King, Kenneth

2012-01-01

309

SIDES: a cooperative tabletop computer game for social skills development  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents a design case study of SIDES: Shared Interfaces to Develop Effective Social Skills. SIDES is a tool designed to help adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome practice effective group work skills using a four-player cooperative computer game that runs on tabletop technology. We present the design process and evaluation of SIDES conducted over six months with a middle school

Anne Marie Piper; Eileen O'brien; Meredith Ringel Morris; Terry Winograd

2006-01-01

310

Developing Argument Skills across Scientific and Social Domains  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Instant-messaging software was used as a method to promote development of argumentation skills in middle schoolers. Transfer of skills across content domains was the major question investigated. Forty sixth graders engaged in electronic dialogues with peers on a controversial topic--for half a science topic (dinosaur extinction) and for half a…

Iordanou, Kalypso

2010-01-01

311

Development, Impact, and Measurement of Enhanced Physical Diagnosis Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Evidence suggests that the quality and frequency of bedside clinical examination have declined. We undertook the study to (1) determine whether intensive instruction in physical examination enhances medical student skills and (2) develop a tool to evaluate those skills using a modified observed structured clinical examination (OSCE). This was a…

Smith, Miriam A.; Burton, William B.; Mackay, Meggan

2009-01-01

312

Developing the skills required for evidence-based practice  

Microsoft Academic Search

The current health care environment requires practitioners with the skills to find and apply the best currently available evidence for effective health care, to contribute to the development of evidence-based practice protocols, and to evaluate the impact of utilizing validated research findings in practice. Current approaches to teaching research are based mainly on gaining skills by participation in the research

Beverley French

1998-01-01

313

Developing 21st Century Process Skills through Project Design  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The goal of this paper is to illustrate how the promotion of 21st Century process skills can be used to enhance student learning and workplace skill development: thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, leadership, and management. As an illustrative case, fashion merchandising and design students conducted research for a…

Yoo, Jeong-Ju; MacDonald, Nora M.

2014-01-01

314

Motivating Law Students to Develop Competent Legal Research Skills  

Microsoft Academic Search

The results of a recent survey indicate that most law students do not consider learning legal research skills important. This article addresses ways in which academic law librarians can help counter negative attitudes toward legal research. The article also contains suggestions for helping motivate law students to develop competent legal research skills. The author encourages academic law librarians to assert

Kory D. Staheli

1995-01-01

315

Teaching Parents New Skills to Support Their Young Children's Development  

Microsoft Academic Search

Teaching parents new skills to support the development of their young children with developmen- tal disabilities has been controversial in the field of early intervention even though there is considerable empirical evidence supporting this approach. We propose that teaching parents to implement family-centered interventions can be highly effective by: (a) allowing parents to choose when to learn new skills; (b)

Ann P. Kaiser; Terry B. Hancock

316

Advancing Student Achievement Through Professional Development  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Kindergarten through twelfth grade teacher competence, in both subject matter and pedagogy, is critical for advancing student achievement in science. The National Science Foundation (NSF 1996), however, has found that only about two-thirds of first- through eighth-grade teachers completed at least one college course in science and fewer than 30 percent said they feel well qualified to teach science. Additionally, Lowery (1998) points out that many educators see no need to change from a show-and-tell type of instruction to methods that help students understand science by constructing meaning for themselves through exploration and using prior knowledge. To help teachers raise student achievement levels, Schmoker (2002) proposes that schools design professional development that, by focusing on assessed standards and reviewing student achievement data, directly impacts student learning.

Holloway, John H.

2006-01-01

317

Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners: Discursive Norms, Learning Processes, and Professional Communities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The lack of empirical scholarship on professional development initiatives for teachers of English language learners (ELLs) in US schools has been repeatedly documented in educational research. The present dissertation project examines a professional development course specifically designed for K-12 teachers of ELLs. The course aims to foster the…

Molle, Daniella

2010-01-01

318

Migration of Highly Skilled Indians: Case Studies of IT and the Health Professionals. OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, 2004/6  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper describes the results of two specific primary surveys, one of IT professionals in the city of Bangalore and their role in making the city a corridor for international mobility of Indian professionals, and the second survey of health professionals (doctors and nurses) in the city of New Delhi. In these surveys, highly skilled Indians…

Khadria, Binod

2004-01-01

319

Assessing Outcomes and Perceived Benefits of a Professional Development Seminar Series  

PubMed Central

Objective. To evaluate the outcomes of alumni who were enrolled in a professional development seminar series during their doctor of pharmacy program. Design. A weekly development seminar series was administered over 5 semesters with the goal of bringing academic advisees together to help develop performance-based abilities, prepare them for entry into the profession after graduation, and provide exposure to different career opportunities. Assessment. A survey instrument containing 39 Likert-type scale items, 2 open-ended questions, and a 10-item demographic survey was created and content-validated to assess the effect of the seminar series on alumni advisees’ perceived outcomes and professional development since their graduation. The survey was electronically forwarded to advisees from the graduating classes of 2005 to 2012, and response data was collected with Qualtrics, a web-based survey service. A total of 36 percent of alumni responded to the survey. Respondents cited exposure to career alternatives and opportunities, development of presentation and communication skills, networking, and the importance of advisor/mentor relationships as benefits of the seminar series. Conclusion. The professional development seminar series has demonstrated a positive impact on alumni advisees’ career development and professional outcomes, most notably relating to career path exposure, communication skills, and advisor/mentor relationships. PMID:25386015

Zueger, Patrick M.; Katz, Norman L.

2014-01-01

320

A Management Framework for Training Providers to Improve Workplace Skills Development in South Africa  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Deputy President, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, says a skills revolution is necessary for South Africa's (SA) skills crisis. The SA skills revolution began with the skills legislation of 1998-1999 when the Departments of Labour and Education intended a seamless, integrated approach to rapid skills development. The National Skills Development

Bisschoff, Tom; Govender, Cookie

2007-01-01

321

How to be a good professional: existentialist continuing professional development (CPD)  

PubMed Central

This article reflects on the construct and practice of continuing professional development (CPD) and its significance for the professional careers workforce. The article presents the idea of the CPD triad and considers how professional bodies, employers and individuals can each benefit from a practitioner's ongoing commitment to continuing professional development. The tension between the practitioner's quest for lifelong learning is set against professional body demands, leading to the conclusion that these are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Consideration is given to propositional, practical and procedural knowledge, and to overall competence. The article explores an existentialist approach to professional learning, and concludes that, along with personal agency, this could usefully be adopted by career practitioners to weather turbulent times. PMID:24009404

Mulvey, Rachel

2013-01-01

322

Practice Skill Development Through the Use of Human Patient Simulation  

PubMed Central

Human patient simulation (HPS) is used in health care education to enhance the transition from classroom learning to competent performance. It has been used frequently in nursing and medical schools and less often in pharmacy and other allied health professions. HPS is used to improve the development of pharmacy practice skills such as physical assessment, pharmacotherapy plan development, and monitoring plans. Engaging multiple health care disciplines in simulations enables participants to practice teamwork and communication skills that are essential in preventing errors and events of harm to patients. This article reviews current literature and use of simulation in pharmacy curricula for the development, enhancement, and assessment of pharmacy practice skills. PMID:22171116

2011-01-01

323

Learning to teach mathematics with technology: A survey of professional development needs, experiences and impacts  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The potential for digital technologies to enhance students' mathematics learning is widely recognised, and use of computers and graphics calculators is now encouraged or required by secondary school mathematics curriculum documents throughout Australia. However, previous research indicates that effective integration of technology into classroom practice remains patchy, with factors such as teacher knowledge, confidence, experience and beliefs, access to resources, and participation in professional development influencing uptake and implementation. This paper reports on a large-scale survey of technology-related professional development experiences and needs of Queensland secondary mathematics teachers. Teachers who had participated in professional development were found to be more confident in using technology and more convinced of its benefits in supporting students' learning of mathematics. Experienced, specialist mathematics teachers in large metropolitan schools were more likely than others to have attended technology-related professional development, with lack of time and limited access to resources acting as hindrances to many. Teachers expressed a clear preference for professional development that helps them meaningfully integrate technology into lessons to improve student learning of specific mathematical topics. These findings have implications for the design and delivery of professional development that improves teachers' knowledge, understanding, and skills in a diverse range of contexts.

Bennison, Anne; Goos, Merrilyn

2010-04-01

324

Ways of promoting the sustainability of mathematics teachers’ professional development  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper deals with the sustainable effectiveness of professional development programmes. Based on a review of literature\\u000a and research findings, the following questions are raised: What is regarded as an effective way of promoting mathematics teachers’\\u000a sustainable professional development? Which levels of impacts are aimed at? What are the factors promoting the effectiveness\\u000a of professional development programmes? Regarding these questions,

Stefan Zehetmeier; Konrad Krainer

325

Continuing professional development and ICT: target practice.  

PubMed

Ever-increasing needs and demands by dentists and all other members of the dental team for education and training at all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing - are straining the resources of existing providers of such education. At the same time, there are ever-increasing opportunities to develop online delivery and the use of a range of information and communication technology (ICT) systems and services further, in all aspects of dental education. This paper reviews recent developments that have led to an increased demand for dental postgraduate programmes and continuing professional development (CPD) courses in the United Kingdom and then discusses how ICT has and will impact on teaching practice. Examples include the use of teaching and learning resources in a virtual learning environment (VLE) and the increasing use of blended learning. The paper then explores the need for both teachers and students to adapt to the new environment to ensure they can benefit to the maximum and that teaching and learning practices are changed accordingly. PMID:18660775

Eaton, K A; Reynolds, P A

2008-07-26

326

Development and Evaluation of a Psychosocial Intervention for Children and Teenagers Experiencing Diabetes (DEPICTED): a protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of a communication skills training programme for healthcare professionals working with young people with type 1 diabetes  

PubMed Central

Background Diabetes is the third most common chronic condition in childhood and poor glycaemic control leads to serious short-term and life-limiting long-term complications. In addition to optimal medical management, it is widely recognised that psychosocial and educational factors play a key role in improving outcomes for young people with diabetes. Recent systematic reviews of psycho-educational interventions recognise the need for new methods to be developed in consultation with key stakeholders including patients, their families and the multidisciplinary diabetes healthcare team. Methods/design Following a development phase involving key stakeholders, a psychosocial intervention for use by paediatric diabetes staff and not requiring input from trained psychologists has been developed, incorporating a communication skills training programme for health professionals and a shared agenda-setting tool. The effectiveness of the intervention will be evaluated in a cluster-randomised controlled trial (RCT). The primary outcome, to be measured in children aged 4-15 years diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for at least one year, is the effect on glycaemic control (HbA1c) during the year after training of the healthcare team is completed. Secondary outcomes include quality of life for patients and carers and cost-effectiveness. Patient and carer preferences for service delivery will also be assessed. Twenty-six paediatric diabetes teams are participating in the trial, recruiting a total of 700 patients for evaluation of outcome measures. Half the participating teams will be randomised to receive the intervention at the beginning of the trial and remaining centres offered the training package at the end of the one year trial period. Discussion The primary aim of the trial is to determine whether a communication skills training intervention for specialist paediatric diabetes teams will improve clinical and psychological outcomes for young people with type 1 diabetes. Previous research indicates the effectiveness of specialist psychological interventions in achieving sustained improvements in glycaemic control. This trial will evaluate an intervention which does not require the involvement of trained psychologists, maximising the potential feasibility of delivery in a wider NHS context. Trial registration Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN61568050. PMID:20144218

2010-01-01

327

Adopting a Reflective Approach to Professional Development  

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The bulk of literature about education places enhancing teacher professionalism at the core of any educational improvement. In fact, researchers in the field of education have premised their arguments on the assumption that raising students' levels of performance necessitates promoting the professional growth of teachers. It is no wonder, then,…

Sarsar, Nasreddine Mohamed

2008-01-01

328

Development of a support skill scale in insulin therapy: a nationwide study in Japan.  

PubMed

The aim of this cross-sectional, nationwide study in Japan was to develop a support skill scale for insulin therapy (IT-SSS) and to evaluate its validity and reliability. The sample consisted of 1604 nurses at 123 hospitals throughout the country. The factor validity, known-group validity, convergent validity, discriminant validity and internal consistency of IT-SSS were assessed. IT-SSS consisted of 26 minimum and 25 standard support skills. They included 4 subscales for minimum skills: management strategy for hypoglycemia, education about insulin injection technique, individual assessment and support about insulin rejection, and collaboration with medical professionals and patient/family. Three subscales for standard skills: apprehensions concerning the will and emotion of the patient, management for blood glucose control, and coordination in insulin management. Cronbach's alpha coefficient was between 0.75 and 0.90, suggesting strong internal consistency. Multitrait analysis showed that convergent validity was complete, and discriminant validity was found to be almost complete in both minimum and standard skill scales (scaling success rates of 97.6% and 98.7% across all subgroups, respectively). Known group analysis clearly showed that specialist nurses have significantly higher skills than general nurses. These findings indicate that IT-SSS has a reasonable factor validity, convergent validity, discriminant validity, known group validity, and internal consistency. PMID:22051101

Nishigaki, Masakazu; Shimizu, Yasuko; Kuroda, Kumiko; Mori, Kozue; Ohara, Yuko; Seto, Natsuko; Yoneda, Akiko; Miyatake, Yoko; Kazuma, Keiko; Masaki, Harue

2012-11-01

329

Supporting the Development of 21st Century Skills  

E-print Network

' competencies. Keywords: facilitating meetings, student competencies, teacher support. 1 Introduction]). To support student skill development, teachers need access to data about their competencies related self- and peer-evaluations, and some simple automated methods. This information forms part

Bull, Susan

330

Involving stakeholders in determining professional development center attendance policies  

Microsoft Academic Search

Professional development opportunities are an important aspect of teacher development and should be embraced by both teachers and school leaders in a collaborative effort. Unfortunately, certain professional development events are plagued with high absenteeism rates. At a regional inservice center in the South (USA), high absenteeism was targeted as requiring immediate administrative attention. Thus, the members of the governing board

Jennifer Good

2003-01-01

331

Critical Friends Group for EFL Teacher Professional Development  

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For the best student outcomes, teachers need to engage in continuous professional development. As a result, models of teacher professional development have been developed, among which is the Critical Friends Group (CFG) technique. However, whether it works well with EFL teachers in an Asian context like Vietnam, where EFL teachers in particular do…

Vo, Long Thanh; Nguyen, Hoa Thi Mai

2010-01-01

332

From Youth Worker Professional Development to Organizational Change  

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An ongoing, innovative youth worker professional development is described in this article. This initiative began as youth worker professional development and then transcended to personal and organizational development. It grew from a moral response of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation staff and two faculty members of Youth Studies, University of…

Rana, Sheetal; Baumgardner, Briana; Germanic, Ofir; Graff, Randy; Korum, Kathy; Mueller, Megan; Randall, Steve; Simmons, Tim; Stokes, Gina; Xiong, Will; Peterson, Karen Kolb

2013-01-01

333

A Practice-Based Theory of Professional Education: Teach For America's Professional Development Model  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1999, Ball and Cohen proposed a practice-based theory of professional education, which would end inadequate professional development efforts with a more comprehensive approach. Their work has been referenced over the past decade, yet there have been limited attempts to actualize their ideals and research their implications. In this article, I…

Gabriel, Rachael

2011-01-01

334

Professional Standards for Physical Education Teachers' Professional Development: Technologies for Performance?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Background: The widespread and diverse models of professional standards for teaching raise questions with respect to the need to provide teachers with a pathway for continuing professional development balanced with the public nature of surveillance and accountability that may accompany standards. Ways of understanding technologies of power in…

Macdonald, Doune; Mitchell, Jane; Mayer, Diane

2006-01-01

335

A Teacher Professional Development Program for an Authentic Citizen-Science Program: GLOBE at Night  

Microsoft Academic Search

An authentic science research program in the classroom can take many forms as can the teacher professional development that accompanies the programs. One different approach invites educators to invoke 21st century skills with their students while focusing on a real-world issue of both local and global concern. The citizen-science program on light pollution, GLOBE at Night, has students and the

C. E. Walker; S. M. Pompea; R. Sparks

2009-01-01

336

Skill mix, roles and remuneration in the primary care workforce: Who are the healthcare professionals in the primary care teams across the world?  

PubMed

World-wide, shortages of primary care physicians and an increased demand for services have provided the impetus for delivering team-based primary care. The diversity of the primary care workforce is increasing to include a wider range of health professionals such as nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other clinical staff members. Although this development is observed internationally, skill mix in the primary care team and the speed of progress to deliver team-based care differs across countries. This work aims to provide an overview of education, tasks and remuneration of nurses and other primary care team members in six OECD countries. Based on a framework of team organization across the care continuum, six national experts compare skill-mix, education and training, tasks and remuneration of health professionals within primary care teams in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Germany and the Netherlands. Nurses are the main non-physician health professional working along with doctors in most countries although types and roles in primary care vary considerably between countries. However, the number of allied health professionals and support workers, such as medical assistants, working in primary care is increasing. Shifting from 'task delegation' to 'team care' is a global trend but limited by traditional role concepts, legal frameworks and reimbursement schemes. In general, remuneration follows the complexity of medical tasks taken over by each profession. Clear definitions of each team-member's role may facilitate optimally shared responsibility for patient care within primary care teams. Skill mix changes in primary care may help to maintain access to primary care and quality of care delivery. Learning from experiences in other countries may inspire policy makers and researchers to work on efficient and effective teams care models worldwide. PMID:25577306

Freund, Tobias; Everett, Christine; Griffiths, Peter; Hudon, Catherine; Naccarella, Lucio; Laurant, Miranda

2015-03-01

337

Professional Development: Vini, Vidi, Vici ? Short-Term Jewish Educators Trips to Israel as Professional-Development Programs  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u000a This chapter explores the purposes and practices of Jewish educators’ trips to Israel as professional-development Israel experience\\u000a programs, building on a modest volume of research. The chapter begins with suggesting a core purpose for Jewish educators’\\u000a professional-development Israel experience program; continues with describing how an educator’s Israel trip could serve as\\u000a a professional-development program within three interacting fields: tourism, religion,

Shelley Kedar

338

Role of professional societies in career development.  

PubMed

Professional medical societies serve several functions that may benefit society, the sponsoring medical profession, and individual members. Several professional societies are available for colorectal surgeons to join and participate in. Reasons to join include service, educational offerings, networking, and companionship. Participation can vary from membership to leadership. The advantages and costs of participation and how this may enhance a surgeon's career are described in this article. PMID:22654570

Beck, David E

2011-06-01

339

Evaluation of the flipped classroom approach in a veterinary professional skills course  

PubMed Central

Background The flipped classroom is an educational approach that has had much recent coverage in the literature. Relatively few studies, however, use objective assessment of student performance to measure the impact of the flipped classroom on learning. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a flipped classroom approach within a medical education setting to the first two levels of Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick’s effectiveness of training framework. Methods This study examined the use of a flipped classroom approach within a professional skills course offered to postgraduate veterinary students. A questionnaire was administered to two cohorts of students: those who had completed a traditional, lecture-based version of the course (Introduction to Veterinary Medicine [IVM]) and those who had completed a flipped classroom version (Veterinary Professional Foundations I [VPF I]). The academic performance of students within both cohorts was assessed using a set of multiple-choice items (n=24) nested within a written examination. Data obtained from the questionnaire were analyzed using Cronbach’s alpha, Kruskal–Wallis tests, and factor analysis. Data obtained from student performance in the written examination were analyzed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon rank sum test. Results A total of 133 IVM students and 64 VPF I students (n=197) agreed to take part in the study. Overall, study participants favored the flipped classroom approach over the traditional classroom approach. With respect to student academic performance, the traditional classroom students outperformed the flipped classroom students on a series of multiple-choice items (IVM mean =21.4±1.48 standard deviation; VPF I mean =20.25±2.20 standard deviation; Wilcoxon test, w=7,578; P<0.001). Conclusion This study demonstrates that learners seem to prefer a flipped classroom approach. The flipped classroom was rated more positively than the traditional classroom on many different characteristics. This preference, however, did not translate into improved student performance, as assessed by a series of multiple-choice items delivered during a written examination. PMID:25419164

Moffett, Jenny; Mill, Aileen C

2014-01-01

340

Engineering Education Development to Enhance Human Skill in DENSO  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Importance of human skills such as communication or instruction capability to their staff members has recently been highlighted in a workplace, due to decreasing opportunity of face-to-face communication between supervisors and their staff, or Instruction capability through OJT (On the Job Training) . Currently, communication skills are being reinforced mainly through OJT at DENSO. Therefore, as part of supplemental support tools, DENSO has established comprehensive engineers training program on off-JT basis for developing human skills, covering from newly employeed enginners up to managerial class since 2003. This paper describes education activities and reports the results.

Isogai, Emiko; Nuka, Takeji

341

Influence of Remedial Professional Development Programs for Poorly Performing Physicians  

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Introduction: The College des medecins du Quebec (CMQ) offers an individualized remedial professional development program to help physicians overcome selected clinical shortcomings. To measure the influence of the remedial professional development program, physicians who completed the program between 1993 and 2004 and who were assessed by peer…

Goulet, Francois; Gagnon, Robert; Gingras, Marie-Eve

2007-01-01

342

The Development of Professionalism in the Victorian Army  

Microsoft Academic Search

The professionalization of the armed forces was often met by resistance among elite military groups, which rejected the demands of technological development. Resistance to attempts by civil authority to increase military effectiveness reinforced traditionalist, heroic self-images. This approach was exemplified by the 19th century British army. Resistance to professionalism, however, led to inward reflection and the development of an expertise

Gwyn Harries-Jenkins

1975-01-01

343

Living Educational Theory Research as Transformational Continuing Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Continuing professional development (CPD) living educational theory offers an approach to CPD that enables educators to enhance their own professional practice and enable them to offer as gifts the knowledge, expertise and talents they develop to extend the knowledge base of the profession. In this paper we briefly introduce living theory research…

Whitehead, Jack; Huxtable, Marie

2013-01-01

344

Academic Professional Development Strategies to Facilitate Educational Changes in Universities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This qualitative within-case study explored how planned educational change in universities can be facilitated through academic professional development strategies. Thus this study attempted to shed some light on the dynamics of educational planned change in universities and their implications for academic professional development of faculty. The…

Gonzalez Alonso, Gloria Amparo

2009-01-01

345

Facilitating Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The study explores the process of facilitation in professional development for educators. The study relies on discourse analysis of interaction among K-12 teachers and administrators in a Midwestern U.S. state during a semester-long professional development program especially designed for educators working with English language learners (ELLs).…

Molle, Daniella

2013-01-01

346

Professional development: a key to Kentucky's educational reform effort  

Microsoft Academic Search

Despite its essential role in educational reform, professional development typically does not receive adequate support in systemic reform efforts. This article presents an exception—a state that incorporated professional development as a central priority in its reform effort and four schools that used state resources to build their capacity for enacting the reform agenda. We describe central features of Kentucky's approach

Hilda Borko; Rebekah Elliott; Kay Uchiyama

2002-01-01

347

Teachers' Perceptions of Online Professional Development in Literacy  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study sought to describe perceptions of teachers regarding the influence of online professional development (oPD) in literacy on their instruction and students' learning. The following features of effective professional development were analyzed: content-focus; collectivity; coherence; duration; and active learning. As well, the study…

Garbe, Amber Yudchitz

2012-01-01

348

The Virtual Extension Annual Conference: Addressing Contemporary Professional Development Needs  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Extension systems are experimenting with new models for conducting professional development to enhance staff competence and other returns on professional development investments. The ISUEO virtual annual conference provides a successful flipped classroom model of asynchronous and synchronous learning events for conducting an Extension annual…

Franz, Nancy K.; Brekke, Robin; Coates, Deb; Kress, Cathann; Hlas, Julie

2014-01-01

349

Applying Constructionist Principles to Online Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report explores the first iteration of a teacher professional development courselet grounded in constructionist theory and activities. This online teacher professional development (oTPD) courselet provided opportunities for teachers to engage in just-in-time, ongoing TPD within a social networking site for educators. The topic of the oTPD was…

Ostashewski, Nathaniel; Moisey, Susan; Reid, Doug

2011-01-01

350

Relational Restorative Justice Pedagogy in Educator Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

What would a professional development experience rooted in the philosophy, principles, and practices of restorative justice look and feel like? This article describes how such a professional development project was designed to implement restorative justice principles and practices into schools in a proactive, relational and sustainable manner by…

Vaandering, Dorothy

2014-01-01

351

School Nurse Summer Institute: A Model for Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The components of a professional development model designed to empower school nurses to become leaders in school health services is described. The model was implemented during a 3-day professional development institute that included clinical and leadership components, especially coalition building, with two follow-up sessions in the fall and…

Neighbors, Marianne; Barta, Kathleen

2004-01-01

352

Aligning Performance Evaluation with Professional Development and Vise Versa.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There are a number of problems posed by employee evaluation, and professional development often suffers from similar issues. Suppose employee evaluation and professional development were intertwined in a collaborative and evolving relationship, and both components were brought to bear on linking individual and company goals. The answer is the…

Buchen, Irving H.

2003-01-01

353

Teaching Teachers: Professional Development To Improve Student Achievement  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This monograph in AERA's Research Points series summarizes recent research on the effectiveness of teacher professional development activities with regard to student achievement. The main conclusions are that effective professional development focuses on any or all of these goals: boosting teacher content knowledge and their knowledge of how students learn, and linking activities to specific curriculum and classroom conditions.

Heather Hill, David C.

2005-01-01

354

Supporting and Sustaining Teachers' Professional Development: A Principal's Guide  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although school administrators consider supporting and sustaining teachers' professional development a priority, more pressing day-to-day imperatives often eclipse this goal. "Supporting and Sustaining Teachers' Professional Development" specifically targets busy school principals who want practical suggestions for how to balance these everyday…

Tallerico, Marilyn

2005-01-01

355

An Oil Spill Professional Development Program for Educators  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This resource supports the Oil Spill Professional Development program sponsored by the NOAA Office of Education. Information, presentations, and questions and answers support professional development for educators in regards to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Activities and lessons and additional relevant links are available.

2012-05-29

356

The Arctic Climate Modeling Program: Professional Development for Rural Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) offered yearlong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional development to teachers in rural Alaska. Teacher training focused on introducing youth to workforce technologies used in Arctic research. Due to challenges in making professional development accessible to rural teachers, ACMP…

Bertram, Kathryn Berry

2010-01-01

357

Networked Teacher Professional Development: The Case of Globaloria  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this paper is to explore a teacher professional development program embedded in a networked learning environment, and to offer an emerging model and analytic matrix of 21st century teacher professional development. The Globaloria program is based on theories of learning by design and facilitates teachers and students as they create…

Whitehouse, Pamela

2011-01-01

358

Professional Development Needs of English Language Teachers in Malaysia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study surveyed the professional development (PD) needs of school English language teachers at Melaka State in Malaysia. With close cooperation with the Department of Language at the Ministry of Education, the whole population of English language teachers had been studied on their types of professional development needs in instructional…

Khandehroo, Koroush; Mukundan, Jayakaran; Alavi, Zhinoos Kamal

2011-01-01

359

A Design Framework for Online Teacher Professional Development Communities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper provides a design framework for building online teacher professional development communities for preservice and inservice teachers. The framework is based on a comprehensive literature review on the latest technology and epistemology of online community and teacher professional development, comprising four major design factors and three…

Liu, Katrina Yan

2012-01-01

360

Professional Development Workshops for Student Teachers: An Issue of Concern  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional development programs are critical in addressing the needs of teacher education students and graduates. In an effort to best meet the desired needs and wants of these new educators, professional development opportunities must target essential issues. This study examines topics including classroom management, exceptional children,…

Hsu, Amy; Malkin, Fran

2013-01-01

361

A Research Agenda for Online Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article highlights key online teacher professional development (oTPD) areas in need of research based on a review of current oTPD research conducted in conjunction with an oTPD conference held at Harvard University in fall 2005. The literature review of this field documents much work that is anecdotal, describing professional development

Dede, Chris; Ketelhut, Diane Jass; Whitehouse, Pamela; Breit, Lisa; McCloskey, Erin M.

2009-01-01

362

Vocational Teacher Professional Development. Practice Application Brief No. 11.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Teacher shortages, new technologies, and vocational certification demands are directing attention to the need for professional development of vocational education (VE) teachers. VE teachers can use various strategies to enhance their performance and effectiveness through professional development. Worksite experiences give VE teachers opportunities…

Brown, Bettina Lankard

363

Factors Driving Learner Success in Online Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examined factors that contributed to the success of online learners in an online professional development course. Research instruments included an online survey and learners' activity logs in an online professional development course for 512 in-service teachers. The findings showed that there were several factors affecting online…

Vu, Phu; Cao, Vien; Vu, Lan; Cepero, Jude

2014-01-01

364

Should We Sacrifice Class Time for Professional Development?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Should teachers sacrifice class time for professional development? Two authors present their arguments to this question. The first author contends that teachers should definitely use class time for professional development. Technology is changing and growing all the time, and it is their job to prepare students for the world they will inherit.…

Podulka, Michelle; Witort, Ron

2009-01-01

365

Teacher Tensions: Expectations in a Professional Development Institute  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to better understand teacher tensions in professional development. The population under study was practicing mathematics teachers engaged in a week-long professional development institute. Data sources included observations, interviews, and teacher products (such as registration forms, surveys, journals, and…

Nipper, Kelli; Ricks, Thomas; Kilpatrick, Jeremy; Mayhew, Lauren; Thomas, Sharren; Kwon, Na Young; Klerlein, Jacob T.; Hembree, Dennis

2011-01-01

366

Growing Teachers: Some Important Principles for Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

It is 40-plus years since the upstart Professional Development Program was initiated at Simon Fraser University. Among its many audacious innovations, the program offered opportunities for practicing teachers to play leading roles in the professional development of student teachers. Seconded (temporarily released) to the university for two-year…

Wassermann, Selma

2009-01-01

367

Professional Development and the Classroom Teacher: Turning Theory into Practice.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper describes a professional development model, which emerged from two projects, that had professional development of teachers as an important component. The first project, Project Lighthouse, was designed to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into general education classrooms. In this project, faculty and staff…

Whitworth, Jerry E.

368

Developing, implementing, and evaluating a professional practice model.  

PubMed

This article describes how The Compass, a professional practice model (PPM), was developed through clinical nurse involvement, review of literature, expert opinion, and an innovative schematic. Implementation was supported through a dynamic video account of a patient story, interwoven with The Compass. Postproject evaluation of PPM integration demonstrates opportunities for professional nursing development and future planning. PMID:25479174

Basol, Roberta; Hilleren-Listerud, Amy; Chmielewski, Linda

2015-01-01

369

Forming and developing your professional identity: easy as PI.  

PubMed

Health education and promotion specialists and professional organizations have worked hard to successfully establish and maintain the status of health education/promotion (HE/P) as a unique and essential profession and to solidify practitioners' sense of professional identity. A professional identity is critical to a person's sense of self: It is about connecting with roles, responsibilities, values, and ethical standards unique to a specific profession. Professional identity is a complex issue in the HE/P profession; the distinction between personal and professional identities has been debated repeatedly over the years (e.g., should HE/P professionals be role models for clients?). The purpose of this Tool is to explain the concept of professional identity; provide new, emerging, and experienced HE/P with a greater understanding of what it means to have a professional identity; present processes and benchmarks of professional identity development; and offer specific tips and strategies for developing and enhancing an HE/P professional identity. PMID:25015568

Goltz, Heather Honoré; Smith, Matthew Lee

2014-11-01

370

Professional Development and Teacher Change: The Missing Leadership Link  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Professional development in science education aims to support teacher learning with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. A multitude of factors influence teacher change and the effectiveness of professional development. This review of the literature explores these factors and identifies school and district science leaders as a critical factor missing from current professional development models. School and district leaders play a significant role in the planning and implementation of professional development, as well as providing ongoing leadership to support teacher change. Considering this role, school district leaders are not just a contextual factor, but rather an integral part of the process and should be integrated into and considered part of any professional development model in science education.

Whitworth, Brooke A.; Chiu, Jennifer L.

2015-01-01

371

Japanese Beginning Teachers' Perceptions of Their Preparation and Professional Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Investigated Japanese beginning teachers' perceptions of their initial teacher preparation and induction. Surveys indicated that teachers gave low ratings to their initial preparation and initial development of knowledge and skills. They believed they gained skills through their work as teachers. First year teachers' perceptions of knowledge,…

San, Myint Myint

1999-01-01

372

Career Development Skills, Outcomes, and Hope among College Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was twofold. First, the utility of the Integrative Contextual Model of Career Development (ICM) to describe the career development behavior of college students was examined. Second, relationships among educational and career development skills (career exploration, person-environment fit, goal setting,…

Sung, Yoonhee; Turner, Sherri L.; Kaewchinda, Marid

2013-01-01

373

Online Professional Development for K-12 Educators: Benefits for School Districts with Applications for Community College Faculty Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Hillsborough Community College's IT3-Professional Development Services makes available to educators in the school district of Hillsborough County a series of online courses focused on professional development. The program boasts a retention rate exceeding 78%, with over 500 educators served. The program is self funded and pays for itself and an…

Fenton, Celeste; Watkins, Brenda Ward

2007-01-01

374

Forging Alliances in Community and Thought: Research in Professional Development Schools. A Volume in Research in Professional School Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

These 19 papers present the voices of researchers and their work on Professional Development Schools: (1) "The Status of Early Theories of Professional Development School Potential" (C. Mantle-Bromley); (2) "Implementing and Researching Teacher Education Programs in PDSs: A Focus on Authenticity" (Gay Goodman); (3) "Village of Learners:…

Guadarrama, Irma N., Ed.; Ramsey, John, Ed; Nath, Janice L., Ed.

375

Prevention of adolescent substance abuse through social skill development.  

PubMed

The purpose of this chapter is to evaluate the capability of social skills training approaches for preventing adolescent substance abuse and to suggest directions for future research in this area. Social skills and training are defined from the perspective of social learning theory. Training approaches are then reviewed for their effect on drug use and drug use-related behaviors. The results indicate that social skills training reduces substance use and related behaviors such as aggression, withdrawal, truancy, and stealing in adolescents. Outcome was enhanced by the inclusion of modeling in a training program and the use of normal (versus problem or disordered) adolescents. In addition, discriminant analyses indicated that the more positive outcomes were discriminable by a focus on prevention, experimental rigor, and training comprehensiveness, that is, inclusion of multiple techniques and skills. Follow-up results showed that training effects were maintained, and that they could be generalized to several areas of everyday adolescent functioning. The findings suggest that social skills training is an effective means for substance abuse prevention in adolescents, and that it may have an advantage over more direct prevention methods in terms of long-term generalization capabilities. Finally, several issues are raised for their potential impact on social skills training as a strategy for substance abuse prevention in adolescents. These issues encompass conceptual, methodological, and evaluative domains: development of a taxonomy of person-situation specificity characteristics to increase the validity and reliability of assessment and training procedures; assessment of the relative contribution of individual differences in adolescents to training outcome; identification of qualitative developmental shifts in social skills as adolescents progress through grade, school, and family transitions; and comparison of the maintenance and generalization effects, over time, of social skills training with more direct abuse prevention methods. Guidelines are offered for addressing these issues, as well as directions for the role of social skills training research in future drug abuse prevention efforts. PMID:6419116

Pentz, M A

1983-01-01

376

Developing public affairs counseling skills to support a public participation focus at Fernald  

SciTech Connect

To provide closer coordination between the Public Affairs Division and environmental restoration management and technical staff, the Fernald Environmental Restoration Management Corporation (FERMCO) matrixed Public Affairs staffers as counselors to project teams within FERMCO. Close coordination between technical staff and public affairs staff is essential for effective public communication in a public participation, environmental risk communication environment. Two-way symmetrical communication (public participation) represents a paradigm shift for public affairs staff who have developed skills primarily in a public information (asymmetrical communication) environment. While there has been much focus in the literature and workshops on management changes needed to support a public participation environment, less attention has been paid to identifying and developing the skills needed by public affairs professionals to support public participation. To support the new counseling role of public affairs staffers, FERMCO used a public affairs training consultant to design and deliver a workshop to initiate development of the skills needed for the public affairs counseling role. This paper describes FERMCO`s matrixed counseling program and the training to develop public affairs counseling skills for the public participation environment.

Hoopes, J. [Fernald Environmental Restoration Management Corp., Cincinnati, OH (United States)

1994-03-01

377

Science learning centres and governmental policy for continuing professional development (CPD) in England  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article examines the impact of the ‘new professionalism’ on the culture of professional development of science teachers. In the era of ‘new professionalism’ there is an expectation that teachers will engage in professional development, but rather than encouraging an intrinsic desire to learn as professionals, it promotes forms of professional development that are often centrally imposed and determined by

Keith Bishop; Paul Denleg

2006-01-01

378

Investing in the Development Professional Concept Note  

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an increased stress on efficiency, outcomes and delivery, and with enhanced technological skills in planning capacity and fresh think- ing to district administrations, esp. in the disturbed (LWE) areas and the administration, and more so, within the administration, between the demand side (CEOs, collectors) and the supply

Sohoni, Milind

379

The Practicum Script Concordance Test: An Online Continuing Professional Development Format to Foster Reflection on Clinical Practice  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduction: Judgment in the face of uncertainty is an important dimension of expertise and clinical competence. However, it is challenging to conceive continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives aimed at helping physicians enhance their clinical judgment skills in ill-defined situations. We present an online script concordance-based…

Hornos, Eduardo H.; Pleguezuelos, Eduardo M.; Brailovsky, Carlos A.; Harillo, Leandro D.; Dory, Valerie; Charlin, Bernard

2013-01-01

380

Structuring a Project Management Course to Develop Team Skills  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

There is no escaping it. Working in industry requires working in teams. The industries hiring our graduates recognize this. TAC of ABET Criterion 2e requires it, stating graduates need an ability to function effectively on teams. How do we, as teachers, go about ensuring that our students learn how to work effectively on teams? How do we go about teaching them team work and team management skills? The traditional approach to developing team work and team management skills involves assigning students randomly to teams, giving them a project to work on, and expecting them to somehow magically learn to work effectively on teams. This they'll learn about teamwork if they work on teams approach fails to give students adequate preparation and insight into team work and team management skills. It doesn't work. Surveys of students reveal that they do not feel they knew how to effectively work on teams or how to be a team leader. This sentiment was echoed by respondents to last years project management survey. To effectively prepare students to work on teams, coordinated teambuilding and leadership skills training is needed. Beginning with a discussion of necessary project management and team skills, this paper will describe how to structure a project course to include techniques and exercises specifically designed to develop teamwork and team management skills and the benefits they provide.

Edmonson, Charlie P.

381

Lessons Learned from NCAR Professional Development Workshops for Educators  

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Since the early 1990s, NCAR has been involved in the development and implementation of professional development workshops for educators. From 1991 through 2000, the NSF-funded Project LEARN (Learning Experiences in Atmospheric Research at NCAR), provided middle school educators training in atmospheric science content and opportunities to develop activities collaboratively with scientists. In 2002, NCAR initiated a new annual Geoscience Education Workshop on Climate and Global Change for skilled teacher trainers at the middle and high school levels. Both of these workshop series have provided numerous opportunities to learn lessons that may be useful to those considering development of similar training workshops. Our best practices come from formal program evaluation as well as informal interactions and observations. Ranging from big concepts to minutiae, careful planning and successfully taking care of the details can make the difference between a successful workshop and a disaster. For our most recent workshop, participants were selected from a national pool, based on their own preparation in the geosciences, experience in training, courses they are teaching, plans for dissemination and outreach to underrepresented groups, and geographic distribution. Methodologies include leadership and content training, field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based activities, computer modeling, experience in presentation, preparation for local training sessions, and discussion. Reflection on relevance to national education standards is a necessary underlying theme of a successful workshop. Likewise, involving scientists not only in lecture presentations but also in some of the more informal components of a workshop such as hands-on activities and social events provides additional opportunities for scientists and teachers to get to know each other and build on-going relationships. Finally, work with educators does not end when the workshop is over - in order for the training investment to pay off, its very important to maintain a continuing relationship with educators in their efforts to improve science education in their classrooms, schools, and at the regional level.

Johnson, R.; Foster, S.; Henderson, S.

2002-12-01

382

Professional Bookshelf  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Exemplary professional development publications in the areas of general instruction, science education, and literacy instruction in the elementary grades are described in each issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. This free, online magazine is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy and emphasizes integrating science and literacy skills in grades K-5.

Jessica Fries-Gaither

383

Reflection in Learning & Professional Development: Theory & Practice.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book reviews the literature on reflection, explores the relationship between reflection and learning, and discusses how reflection can be used to improve learning and professional practice. The following are among the topics discussed: (1) common-sense and developmental stage approaches to reflection; (2) the philosophies of Dewey and…

Moon, Jennifer A.

384

Israeli Counsellors Facing Terrorism: Coping and Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The current study examined the characteristics and functioning of 12 Israeli school counsellors located at different stages of professional development who worked in schools affected by terrorist attacks. Semi-structured interviews explored the counsellors professional behaviour, activities, and coping with terror and its effects. Consensual…

Cinamon, Rachel Gali; Hellman, Shoshana

2006-01-01

385

Assessment of a Professional Development Programme for Music Educators  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A professional development programme for music educators was designed and administered to include institutional and personal professional strategies for the enhancement and growth of music teachers' knowledge base and actions. Supervisors and targeted practitioners in a large public school system built an innovative programme, applying current…

Moore, Janet L. S.

2009-01-01

386

A Professional Development Unit for Reflecting on Program Evaluator Competencies  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article describes an interactive professional development unit that engages both novice and experienced evaluators in (a) learning about the Essential Competencies for Program Evaluators (ECPE), (b) applying the competencies to program evaluation contexts, and (c) using the ECPE to reflect on their own professional practices. The article briefly summarizes current issues about program evaluator competencies and the components of

Gail Ghere; Jean A. King; Laurie Stevahn; Jane Minnema

2006-01-01

387

International Handbook on the Continuing Professional Development of Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This Handbook brings together theoretical and empirical research on purposes, policies and practices of teachers' continuing professional development (CPD) over the last twenty years. It provides a unique collection of regional writing from key professionals in different regions of the world, featuring: (1) A review of current CPD literature; (2)…

Day, Christopher; Sachs, Judyth

2005-01-01

388

Project PREPARE: Collaborating for Professional Development and School Improvement.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Project PREPARE (Professional Renewal and Educational Preparation through Action Research Experiences) is a multi-year, collaborative effort between public schools, a regional intermediate school district, and a university. Its purpose is to develop a collaborative site of inquiry and practice where there is an emphasis on professional

Garmon, M. Arthur; Mariage, Troy V.

389

The Tale of Two Virtual Teacher Professional Development Modules  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Virtual communities of practice (VCoP) have been advocated for some time as a promising means of taking professional development to teachers in widely distributed locations. However, geography, and indeed education literature as a whole, contains very few examples where this has been achieved. This paper reports on two VCoP professional

Keown, Paul

2009-01-01

390

Experiences of Pioneers Facilitating Teacher Networks for Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study presents an exploration into facilitation practices of teacher professional development networks. Stimulating networked learning amongst teachers is a powerful way of creating an informal practice-based learning space driven by teacher needs. As such, it presents an additional channel (besides more formal traditional professional

Hanraets, Irene; Hulsebosch, Joitske; de Laat, Maarten

2011-01-01

391

Corporate social responsibility: issues for human resource development professionals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recent human resource development (HRD) scholarship has called for greater focus on social responsibility and ecological sustainability. The purpose of this article is to explore the engagement of HRD professionals in corporate social responsibility (CSR), examining one central question: how do HRD professionals perceive their roles and challenges in implementing CSR in organizations that claim CSR to be a key

Tara Fenwick; Laura Bierema

2008-01-01

392

Exploring Professional Development Practices for Vocational Education and Training Practitioners  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper addresses the practice of professional development within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) arena. The study object was to gain the perceptions held by a selected group of VET educators in the tourism and hospitality sector of the professional teaching/training competencies required for effective practice. The study was…

Williams, Kim

2009-01-01

393

Retrospective Pretest: A Practical Technique for Professional Development Evaluation  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to field test an instrument incorporating a retrospective pretest to determine whether it could reliably be used as an evaluation tool for a professional development conference. Based on a prominent evaluation taxonomy, the instrument provides a practical, low-cost approach to evaluating the quality of professional

Allen, Jeff M.; Nimon, Kim

2007-01-01

394

Lesson Planning: A Practice of Professional Responsibility and Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Lesson planning is integral to teachers' professional development in China. It includes their individual reflection and study as well as the collegial activities undertaken to prepare the lesson. In China, organizational structures for both individual teachers and a school's professional community embed lesson preparation in two activities:…

Shen, Jianping; Poppink, Sue; Cui, Yunhuo; Fan, Guorui

2007-01-01

395

The Impact of Professional Development Schools on Teacher Leadership  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although there is no common definition for teacher leadership, the concept is continually advanced as a key component for both the success of schools and professionalization of teachers. Studies have shown that teachers who feel empowered as leaders are more effective in the classroom. Professional development schools (PDSs) provide multiple…

Cosenza, Michael N.

2010-01-01

396

Online virtual patients - A driver for change in medical and healthcare professional education in developing countries?  

PubMed

The development of online virtual patients has proved to be an effective vehicle for pedagogical and technological skills transfer and capacity building for medical and healthcare educators in Malawi. A project between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Malawi has delivered more than 20 collaboratively developed, virtual patients, contextualised for in-country medical and healthcare education and, more significantly, a cadre of healthcare professionals skilled in developing digital resources and integrating these into their emerging curricula. The process of engaging with new approaches to teaching and delivering personalised, context sensitive content via a game-informed, technology-supported process has contributed to the ability of healthcare educators in Malawi to drive pedagogical change, meet the substantial challenges of delivering new curricula, cope with increasing student numbers and promote teacher professional development. This initial phase of the project has laid the foundation for a broader second phase that focuses on promoting curriculum change, developing educational infrastructure and in-country capacity to create, and integrate digital resources into education and training across multi-professional groups and across educational levels. PMID:19811208

Dewhurst, David; Borgstein, Eric; Grant, Mary E; Begg, Michael

2009-08-01

397

Gain just-in-time skills with a developerWorks skill Skill Level: Introductory  

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server. Double-click the IC_start.bat file. See Figure 5. Figure 5. IC_start.bat developerWorks® ibm. All rights reserved. #12;You should see the IC_start.bat file results, as shown in Figure 6. Figure 6 using the Toolkit for Custom and Reusable Solution Information (see Resources), a technology brought

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The Learning Effects of a Multidisciplinary Professional Development Programme  

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Professional development becomes relevant and effective when teachers are actively involved, collaborate, and when it is linked to teachers' daily school practice (Hunzicker in Prof Dev Educ 37:177-179, 2011). Preparation of teachers for a curriculum implementation such as the new subject Nature, Life, and Technology can be done by a professional development programme where teachers are actively involved (Visser et al. 2010). This study evaluates the designed and implemented professional development programme with respect to its effectiveness in terms of degree of teacher learning and development. Effects are evaluated for five learning areas: Instructional strategies, differences in students' prior knowledge, adjustments to the module, assessment methods and instruments, and field trips and guest lectures. Eleven teachers from four different schools participated in two professional development programmes, six teachers in the first professional development programme and five teachers in the programme for the subsequent module. Questionnaires and interviews were used to assess the effects in the different learning areas. The findings show that the professional development programme is a useful venture for teachers' professional growth in different learning areas.

Visser, Talitha Christine; Coenders, Fer G. M.; Pieters, Jules M.; Terlouw, Cees

2013-12-01

399

Writing Well as an Essential Skill for Professionals in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism: Why Do We Need It and How Do We Do It?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although writing is an important skill for all professionals, many students in parks, recreation, and tourism do not see the relevance of learning and applying the skills of writing well in parks, recreation, and tourism courses. This article outlines the reasons good writing is beneficial for students and provides concrete guidelines for how they…

Wells, Mary Sarah; Piatt, Jennifer A.; Paisley, Karen P.

2012-01-01

400

Among health care professionals effective communication is vital to achieve the best patient outcomes possible. Improving communication and other teamwork skills will result in improved  

E-print Network

outcomes possible. Improving communication and other teamwork skills will result in improved performance by the faculty should result in improved communication skills of our trainees and ultimately improved patient Among health care professionals effective communication is vital to achieve the best patient

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Non-Technical Skill Requirements for Entry-Level Professional Employment. A Report of the Experience-Based Education Implementation Research Project.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A study identified non-technical skills cited by employers as being either necessary or desirable for obtaining employment in the entry-level professional job market. Also collected was preliminary information concerning the extent to which the identified employability skills are outcomes of the postsecondary general studies curriculum. For the…

Murphy, Carol; Jenks, Lynn

402

Developing the Critical Thinking Skills of Astrobiology Students through Creative and Scientific Inquiry.  

PubMed

Scientific inquiry represents a multifaceted approach to explore and understand the natural world. Training students in the principles of scientific inquiry can help promote the scientific learning process as well as help students enhance their understanding of scientific research. Here, we report on the development and implementation of a learning module that introduces astrobiology students to the concepts of creative and scientific inquiry, as well as provide practical exercises to build critical thinking skills. The module contained three distinct components: (1) a creative inquiry activity designed to introduce concepts regarding the role of creativity in scientific inquiry; (2) guidelines to help astrobiology students formulate and self-assess questions regarding various scientific content and imagery; and (3) a practical exercise where students were allowed to watch a scientific presentation and practice their analytical skills. Pre- and post-course surveys were used to assess the students' perceptions regarding creative and scientific inquiry and whether this activity impacted their understanding of the scientific process. Survey results indicate that the exercise helped improve students' science skills by promoting awareness regarding the role of creativity in scientific inquiry and building their confidence in formulating and assessing scientific questions. Together, the module and survey results confirm the need to include such inquiry-based activities into the higher education classroom, thereby helping students hone their critical thinking and question asking skill set and facilitating their professional development in astrobiology. Key Words: Scientific inquiry-Critical thinking-Curriculum development-Astrobiology-Microbialites. Astrobiology 15, 89-99. PMID:25474292

Foster, Jamie S; Lemus, Judith D

2015-01-01

403

The Factors that Affect Science Teachers' Participation in Professional Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Scientific literacy for our students and the possibilities for careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas are important topics for economic growth as well as global competitiveness. The achievement of students in science learning is dependent upon the science teachers' effectiveness and experienced science teachers depend upon relevant professional development experiences to support their learning. In order to understand how to improve student learning in science, the learning of science teachers must also be understood. Previous research studies on teacher professional development have been conducted in other states, but Minnesota science teachers comprised a new and different population from those previously studied. The purpose of this two-phase mixed methods study was to identify the current types of professional development in which experienced, Minnesota secondary science teachers participated and the factors that affect their participation in professional development activities. The mixed-methods approach s utilized an initial online survey followed by qualitative interviews with five survey respondents. The results of the quantitative survey and the qualitative interviews indicated the quality of professional development experiences and the factors which affected the science teachers' participation in professional development activities. The supporting and inhibiting factors involved the availability of resources such as time and money, external relationships with school administrators, teacher colleagues, and family members, and personal intrinsic attributes such as desires to learn and help students. This study also describes implications for science teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and professional development providers. Recommendations for future research include the following areas: relationships between and among intrinsic and extrinsic factors, science-related professional development activities within local school districts, the use of formal and informal professional development, and the needs of rural science teachers compared to urban and suburban teachers.

Roux, Judi Ann

404

Developing Students' Metacognitive Skills in a Data-Rich Environment  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper examines the development of students' metacognitive skills in a data-rich environment. The study involves the development and use of a Metacognitive Inventory, which evaluates students' awareness of their cognitive processes as they approach and solve problems. This 26-item inventory is based on the Problem Solving Inventory and State…

DeLuca, V. William; Lari, Nasim

2013-01-01

405

Instrument development for 21st century skills in Biology  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study aims to develop a valid and reliable instrument for measuring 21st century skills towards biology among Malaysian secondary school students using the application of Rasch Model. The sample of this study consisted of 433 form four students who are currently taking Biology as one of their elective subject. The instrument was developed to determine five constructs: digital age

Nurazidawati Mohamad Arsad; Kamisah Osman; Tuan Mastura Tuan Soh

2011-01-01

406

Early Markers of Vulnerable Language Skill Development in Galactosaemia  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There are no known biomedical or genetic markers to identify which infants with galactosaemia (GAL) are most at risk of poor language skill development, yet pre-linguistic communicative "red flag" behaviours are recognised as early identifiers of heightened vulnerability to impaired language development. We report on pre-linguistic…

Lewis, Fiona M.; Coman, David J.; Syrmis, Maryanne

2014-01-01

407

Life Development Intervention for Athletes: Life Skills through Sports.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes sport psychology and model for practice consistent with training of counseling psychologists as teachers of life skills. Examines role that sport plays in society and its importance for development of identity and personal competence. Delineates life development intervention (LDI) and psychoeducational model for practice of sport…

Danish, Steven J.; And Others

1993-01-01

408

Young Children's Computer Skills Development from Kindergarten to Third Grade  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This investigation explores young children's computer skills development from kindergarten to third grade using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten (ECLS-K) dataset. The sample size of the study was 8642 children. Latent growth curve modeling analysis was used as an analytical tool to examine the development of children's computer…

Sackes, Mesut; Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Bell, Randy L.

2011-01-01

409

Write Right!: Owners' Manual Project Develops Communication Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article introduces an activity based on Standard 12 of the "Standards for Technological Literacy" that will help students develop good writing skills. It also describes the elements of a writing prompt and of a rubric, the advantages of using rubrics, and the writing development process itself. It provides an activity through which students…

Fitzgerald, Mike

2007-01-01

410

Knowledge and skills of neonatal resuscitation of health professionals at a university teaching hospital of Northwest Ethiopia  

PubMed Central

BACKGROUND: Competency in neonatal resuscitation is critical in the delivery rooms, neonatology units and pediatrics intensive care units to ensure the safety and health of neonates. Each year, millions of babies do not breathe immediately at birth, and among them the majority require basic neonatal resuscitation. Perinatal asphyxia is a major contributor to neonatal deaths worldwide in resource-limited settings. Neonatal resuscitation is effective only when health professionals have sufficient knowledge and skills. But malpractices by health professionals are frequent in the resuscitation of neonates. The present study was to assess the knowledge and skills of health professionals about neonatal resuscitation. METHODS: An institution based cross-sectional study was conducted in our hospital from February15 to April 30, 2014. All nurses, midwives and residents from obstetrics-gynecology (obs-gyn), midwifery and pediatric departments were included. The mean scores of knowledge and skills were compared for sex, age, type of profession, qualification, year of service and previous place of work of the participants by using Student’s t test and ANOVA with Scheffe’s test. A P value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS: One hundred and thirty-five of 150 participants were included in this study with a response rate of 90.0%. The overall mean scores of knowledge and skills of midwives, nurses and residents were 19.9 (SD=3.1) and 6.8 (SD=3.9) respectively. The mean knowledge scores of midwives, nurses, pediatric residents and obs-gyn residents were 19.7 (SD=3.03), 20.2 (SD=2.94), 19.7 (SD=4.4) and 19.6 (SD=3.3) respectively. Whereas the mean scores of skills of midwives, nurses, pediatric residents and obs-gyn residents were 7.1 (SD=4.17), 6.7 (SD=3.75), 5.7 (SD=4.17) and 6.6 (SD=3.97) respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge and skills of midwives, nurses and residents about neonatal resuscitation were substandardized. Training of neonatal resuscitation for midwives, nurses and residents should be emphasized. PMID:25225584

Gebreegziabher, Endale; Aregawi, Adugna; Getinet, Habtamu

2014-01-01

411

Electronic Portfolios: A Demonstration of Multi-Level Communication Skills and Professional Accomplishments  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The current downturn in the economy combined with the need for students to aptly verbalize their knowledge, skills, and abilities influences their search for employment and application to graduate school programs, making this topic timely. Finding ongoing methods for communication students to detail and reflect on their skills and abilities as…

Whitfield, Toni Selena

2011-01-01

412

Implementation of a professional portfolio: a tool to demonstrate professional development for advanced practice.  

PubMed

The literature has a gap related to professional development for APRNs. In the United States, many health care organizations use clinical advancement programs for registered nurses, but APRNs are not often included in these programs. If APRNs are included, advancement opportunities are very limited. At CMC, implementation of a professional portfolio resulted in increased satisfaction among APPs regarding their ability to showcase professional growth and expertise, as well as the uniqueness of their advanced practice. Use of the professional portfolio led to improved recognition by APS and organizational leaders of APP performance excellence during the annual performance evaluation, as well as improved recognition among APP colleagues in terms of nominations for honors and awards. PMID:25088277

Chamblee, Tracy B; Dale, Juanita Conkin; Drews, Barbie; Spahis, Joanna; Hardin, Teri

2015-01-01

413

Soft skills at the Malaysian institutes of higher learning  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article discusses human capital development through the seven soft skills elements which comprise communication skills,\\u000a critical thinking and problem solving skills, team work, lifelong learning and information management skills, entrepreneurship\\u000a skills, ethics, and professional moral and leadership skills. The Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia recently announced\\u000a that the said soft skills are to be introduced to undergraduates of Institutes

Roselina Shakir

2009-01-01

414

Learning Profiles and the "Skills Gap" in Four Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Schooling and Skills Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Educational access in developing countries has improved significantly in recent years, but less evidence is available on learning and learning progress in comparative perspective. This paper employs data from Young Lives to examine levels and trends in cognitive skill development and the links to enrolment in school across the four study countries…

Rolleston, Caine

2014-01-01

415

Developing Skills through Partnerships: Symposium Report  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In November 2005, the province of Ontario and the federal government signed two historic agreements--the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Partnership Agreement. One year later, on Nov. 24, 2006, key labour market stakeholders, including users, delivery agents and government came together to…

Colleges Ontario, 2011

2011-01-01

416

Best Practices for Professional Development for the 21st Century  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In order to support teacher quality in mathematics and science--powerful, content-specific staff development should be designed that is data-driven and evaluated, and is based on using ideas that work and knowing how educators learn. These themes provide the framework for this chapter and serve as a launch pad for a discussion of what is important in professional development today, what the key issues and trends are, and how we can continually improve the planning and implementing of effective professional learning experiences for educators that have positive results for student learning. Examples of the best ideas in the field of professional development today are drawn from the book, Powerful Designs for Professional Development (Easton 2004).

Karen J. Charles

2006-01-01

417

The Child Development Associate: Competence, Training and Professionalism.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Examines the history, training, philosophy, and professionalism of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Although CDA recipients are adequately prepared as early childhood educators, they have difficulty gaining access to the profession of early childhood education. (DE)

Benson, Margaret S.; Peters, Donald L.

1988-01-01

418

Foundations , Volume 3: Professional Development That Supports School Mathematics Reform  

NSF Publications Database

... Professional Development That Supports School Mathematics Reform Table of Contents Preface ... are the needs of teachers who are engaged in school mathematics reform? HTML / PDF (407K) Chapter 2 ...

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Understanding Teacher Perceptions in a Professional Development Program for a Middle Grade Science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The standards-based framework requires teachers to evaluate and in some cases change their instructional approach to more student-centered and inquiry-based in an effort to help students meet the standards. The rationale for this study was to determine the skills needed for teachers to be effective in a standard-based, problem-based learning (PBL) constructivist classroom. Traditionally, teachers in this school district transitioning from teacher to student-centered classrooms need new skills when implementing this type of instruction. A qualitative case study design served to highlight the research questions for this project study. The participants in this study participated in data collection activities that include a multiple-choice survey, an interview, and the sharing of their PBL units. Artifacts, professional development teaching resources, from the workshop added credence to the survey and interview responses. The findings from each research question addressed the teachers' perception of their understanding and the obstacles of instructional design, development, and implementation the participants encountered. The results of this study indicated that teachers had problems with designing and implementing this instructional strategy due to lack of time and resources. This data assisted the development of district specific PBL sustainable professional development program that could be adaptable to other curriculums and school systems. Social change resulting from this study could include a framework for developing K-12 professional development as well as instructional programs that incorporates PBL curriculum design to enhance the student's inquiry, problem-solving, and decision-making skills that in turn should change their academic achievement and scores on high stakes test in science.

Deloney, Dericka B.

420

Promoting Curriculum Choices: Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment Skill Development in Baccalaureate Nursing Students  

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Critical thinking and clinical judgment have been identified as essential skills for practicing professional nurses (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008; National League for Nursing, 2006). Nurses utilize critical thinking and clinical...

Mann, Jeanne Wood

2010-07-10

421

California's Professional Mentoring Program: how to develop a statewide mentoring program.  

PubMed

Trends in downsizing, restructuring, increased diversity, and individual responsibility for career development have sparked a renewed interest in mentoring. Technology is changing the way professionals practice, including dieticians. This is reflected in the strategic goals for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). In 1999, with the aid of an ADA Affiliate/Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Collaborative Strategic Initiatives Grant, a Mid-Career Mentoring Program (MCMP) was developed in California. This program provided an opportunity for dietitians with advanced skills (mentors) to be matched with those desiring to develop new skills (mentees). A six-step process was used to develop the program. The six steps include: appoint a coordinator; identify prospective mentors; locate resources; define tasks and establish procedures; identify mentees; and begin the program. A final product of the grant was the development of the handbook The Helping Hand. This handbook can be used by other affiliates or practice groups that may wish to develop a mentoring program. Mentoring programs can assist registered dietitians and DTRs (dietetic technicians, registered) in developing their educational plans for the new Professional Development 2001 certification process. PMID:12525797

Schatz, Pauline E; Bush-Zurn, Teresa J; Ceresa, Carol; Freeman, Kara Caldwell

2003-01-01

422

The Need and Effectiveness of Professional Development for K-12 Teachers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

K-12 teachers are often encouraged to use more inquiry activities and lessons in their science classes. However, many teachers are not prepared to successfully implement science inquiry in their classrooms because they lack a sufficient understanding of the basic science concepts or of scientific reasoning skills. An effective professional development program is essential to help these teachers utilize inquiry-based science teaching. At the University of Cincinnati, we have conducted numerous physical science professional development programs and workshops of various lengths and topics for K-12 teachers. These workshops have primarily used the Physics by Inquiry1 modules by Lillian McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington. We will present pretest and posttest data taken from these workshops to assess the need and effectiveness of the professional development programs. The results show much greater gains for the more extensive inquiry-based professional development programs. * Partially Supported by The Improving Teacher Quality Development Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents. 1. L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Physics by Inquiry, (Wiley, 1996).

Endorf, Robert J.; Koenig, K. M.

2006-12-01

423

The Development of Dialogue Co-ordination Skills in Schoolchildren.  

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Analysis of a large corpus (80 pairs of speakers) of 7-12 year olds suggests that 2 principles underlie the development of dialogue coordination skills. The seven to eight year olds establish a limited common dialogue lexicon, whereas older speakers show evidence of deep coordination processes aimed at establishing mutual intelligibility of a…

Garrod, Simon; and Clark, Aileen

1993-01-01

424

Developing Worksheet Based on Science Process Skills: Factors Affecting Solubility  

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The purpose of this study is to develop a worksheet about the factors affecting solubility, which could be useful for the prospective science teachers (PST) to remind and regain their science process skills (SPS). The pilot study of the WS was carried out with 32 first grade PST during the 2007-2008 academic year in the education department at…

Karsli, Fethiye; Sahin, Cigdem

2009-01-01

425

Skills development for poverty reduction (SDPR): The case of Tajikistan  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vocational education and training (VET) can contribute to the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. A key to economic and social progress is the training of better-qualified individuals and skilled enterprise staff who will be more productive, improving goods, increasing incomes and adapting to changing markets. Experts from international cooperation agencies see VET projects as suitable instruments for

Manfred Wallenborn

2009-01-01

426

Skills Development for Poverty Reduction (SDPR): The Case of Tajikistan  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Vocational education and training (VET) can contribute to the attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. A key to economic and social progress is the training of better-qualified individuals and skilled enterprise staff who will be more productive, improving goods, increasing incomes and adapting to changing markets. Experts…

Wallenborn, Manfred

2009-01-01

427

Action Research: The Development of Critical Thinking Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Critical thinking is the focal point missed in many students' educations. Students are taught memorization with little time left for the development of critical thinking skills which allows for a deeper understanding and a richer experience. Learning to ask appropriate questions and deduce information in order to build a deeper connection to the…

LaPoint-O'Brien, Tammy

2013-01-01

428

Use of Gesture Development in Profiling Children's Prelinguistic Communication Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: Comparing children's skills across and within domains of development has become a standard in providing early intervention services. Profiling a child's strengths and challenges can help in making decisions regarding eligibility, diagnosis, and intervention. Profiling is particularly important for children who are not yet talking, due to…

Crais, Elizabeth R.; Watson, Linda R.; Baranek, Grace T.

2009-01-01

429

Children's Prereading Skills and Strategies: Development of an Assessment Inventory.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Pre-Reading Assessment Inventory (PRAI) was designed to fill a need for a wide-range, individually administered diagnostic test of a child's prereading skills (especially auditory blending and segmenting), knowledge, encoding and decoding strategies, and understandings about the reading task. The test development was based upon the research…

Osborn, Julia B.

430

Development and Validation of a Microcounseling Skill Discrimination Scale  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A Microcounseling Skill Discrimination Scale (MSDS) was developed to measure ability to discriminate between effective and ineffective verbal and nonverbal helping messages. Both trained and naive groups successfully discriminated between effective and ineffective verbal and nonverbal helping messages, with trained raters showing a greater range…

Lee, Dong Yul; And Others

1976-01-01

431

Developing Young Students' Informal Inference Skills in Data Analysis  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper focuses on developing students' informal inference skills, reporting on how a group of third grade students formulated and evaluated data-based inferences using the dynamic statistics data-visualization environment TinkerPlots[TM] (Konold & Miller, 2005), software specifically designed to meet the learning needs of students in the early…

Paparistodemou, Efi; Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Maria

2008-01-01

432

When Academics Integrate Research Skill Development in the Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study considered outcomes when 27 academics explicitly developed and assessed student research skills in 28 regular (non-research methods) semester-length courses. These courses ranged from small (n = 17) to medium-large (n = 222) and included those from first year to masters in business, engineering, health science, humanities and science,…

Willison, J. W.

2012-01-01

433

Parental Beliefs about the Development of Preschool Children's Number Skills.  

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This paper describes a study that examined parents' beliefs about children's number skill development. Twenty-seven parents of 4- and 5-year-olds were interviewed about number tasks that could be solved by children between the ages of 4 and 7 years. In addition, parents were asked a series of open-ended questions about how they would answer a…

Blevins-Knabe, Belinda; Musun-Miller, Linda

434

SMEs and Barriers to Skill Development: A Scottish Perspective.  

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Analysis of Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises reveals that small business culture is a significant barrier to skill development. Other barriers include awareness, finance, and access to training. A welter of recent policy initiatives has added to a state of confusion about the role of training. (SK)

Lange, Thomas; Ottens, Melanie; Taylor, Andrea

2000-01-01

435

Promoting Employability Skills Development in a Research-Intensive University  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: This study aims to consider the place of employability in universities, with a focus on research-intensive institutions, and to outline an initiative that was introduced to promote employability skills development at the University of Nottingham. Design/methodology/approach: Following a discussion of literature on the promotion of…

Baker, Geoff; Henson, Debra

2010-01-01

436

SOCIAL: An Integrative Framework for the Development of Social Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Despite significant advances in the field of social neuroscience, much remains to be understood regarding the development and maintenance of social skills across the life span. Few comprehensive models exist that integrate multidisciplinary perspectives and explain the multitude of factors that influence the emergence and expression of social…

Beauchamp, Miriam H.; Anderson, Vicki

2010-01-01

437

Developing Coping Skills in Early Childhood: Theory and Techniques.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses techniques that child care workers can utilize to foster the development of coping skills in young children. Emphasizes the difference between psychological immunity to stress based on problem-solving abilities and pseudo-immunity created by overprotectiveness. Holds that challenges build children's competence and self-esteem.…

Forquer, Sandra L.

1982-01-01

438

Using Peer Assessment To Develop Skills and Capabilities.  

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Presents the use of a seven-stage peer assessment process and peer learning in an online, constructivist, higher education distance learning context to develop desired skills and capabilities. Authentic assessments included case studies, projects, critique and portfolio of evidence. Discusses assessment in a system of constructive alignment…

Juwah, Charles

2003-01-01

439

Building Consensus: How the Electronics Industry Is Developing Skill Standards.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Electronics Industry Association is developing consistent, industry-based, voluntary national skill standards to improve the competence expected of and achieved by work-ready electronics technicians. Participants contribute through an executive advisory board, technical committee, or ad hoc groups. (JOW)

Kaplan, Irwin; Seymour, Walter

1994-01-01

440

Using Online Corpora to Develop Students' Writing Skills  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Large corpora such as the British National Corpus and the COBUILD Corpus and Collocations Sampler are now accessible, free of charge, online and can be usefully incorporated into a process writing approach to help develop students' writing skills. This article aims to familiarize readers with these resources and to show how they can be usefully…

Gilmore, Alex

2009-01-01

441

Assessment of Critical Business Skill Development by MBA Alumni  

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Six years of survey data were analyzed to assess, among other things, the degree to which an AACSB accredited graduate business program successfully developed student skills in a variety of areas deemed important for career success. The study illustrates a methodology institutions can use to respond to increasing demands for program evaluation and…

Glynn, Joseph G.; Wood, Gregory R.

2008-01-01

442

Assessing Aptitude and Attitude Development in a Translation Skills Course  

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This study investigates the effects on EFL students of using Blackboard technology and online dictionaries in developing translating skills and building positive attitudes towards translation in male Saudi college students. The study compares two groups of students in a translation course; one in a traditional, face-to-face setting (control) and…

Mekheimer, Mohamed Amin A.

2012-01-01

443

[Political-ethical skill development in nursing undergraduates].  

PubMed

This research aimed to identify political-ethical skills developed in a training process compatible with the expected profile set by the National Curriculum Guidelines for the Undergraduate Nursing Degree. A case study was conducted with units represented by 32 former students from a particular religious teaching institution who already were in the job market. The content of the interviews was analyzed using the thematic analysis technique, which resulted in the following categories: "Political-ethical skills in the formative process" and "Political-ethical skills as a product of the educational process." From the former students' perspective, these categories reinforced the social role of the nurse and the need for students to be reflective, understanding and participative in the transformation of society. PMID:24346463

Meira, Maria Dyrce Dias; Kurcgant, Paulina

2013-10-01

444

International Human Resource Management Education: A Survey of HR Professionals, Suggestions for Skill Dissemination.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Surveyed a human resource professional association about training and interest in international human resources management. Based on results, offers recommendations for expanding coverage of this topic in credit and non-credit courses. (EV)

Barclay, Lizabeth A.; Wagner-Marsh, Fraya; Loewe, G. Michael

2002-01-01

445

Who are the Science Teachers that Seek Professional Development in Research Experience for Teachers (RET's)? Implications for Teacher Professional Development  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To address the need to better prepare teachers to enact science education reforms, the National Science Foundation has supported a Research Experience for Teachers (RET's) format for teacher professional development. In these experiences, teachers work closely with practicing scientists to engage in authentic scientific inquiry. Although there are many RET programs currently serving teachers, there is only a small body of research describing these programs and their outcomes. Just as science learning depends on both cognitive and affective factors of learners, the success of teacher professional development also depends on the cognitive and affective factors of the participants. Thus, the intent of this mixed method research is to better understand how the nature of professional development experiences shape the kinds of teachers that apply, and what this means for the design of such experiences. This study focused on describing the cognitive and affective characteristics of applicants for two different RET programs offered at the same institution. Findings suggest that the profiles of teachers who seek out these professional development programs vary based on the programs' objectives. The findings also suggest that recognition of who is being served in professional development must be considered in the construction of those professional development experiences.

Saka, Yavuz

2013-12-01

446

Social networks and the development of social skills in cowbirds.  

PubMed

The complex interrelationships among individuals within social environments can exert selection pressures on social skills: those behaviours and cognitive processes that allow animals to manipulate and out-reproduce others. Social complexity can also have a developmental effect on social skills by providing individuals with opportunities to hone their skills by dealing with the challenges posed in within-group interactions. We examined how social skills develop in captive, adult male brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) that were exposed to differing levels of 'social complexity' across a 2-year experiment. After each year, subjects housed in groups with dynamic social structure (where many individuals entered and exited the groups during the year) outcompeted birds who had been housed in static groups. Exposure to dynamic structure subsequently led to substantial changes to the social networks of the home conditions during the breeding season. Static groups were characterized by a predictable relationship between singing and reproductive success that was stable across years. In dynamic conditions, however, males showed significant variability in their dominance status, their courting and even in their mating success. Reproductive success of males varied dramatically across years and was responsive to social learning in adulthood, and socially dynamic environments 'trained' individuals to be better competitors, even at an age when the development of many traits important for breeding (like song quality) had ended. PMID:22641827

White, David J; Gersick, Andrew S; Snyder-Mackler, Noah

2012-07-01

447

A course on professional development for astronomy graduate students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is increasingly wide-spread recognition in astronomy that professional training must broaden beyond its traditional approaches to academic classes and research. Many recent community advisory reports, including the National Academy of Sciences Decadal survey, Astro2010, recommend that graduate education accommodate the variety of career paths taken by graduates, taking into account the wide range of activities scientists engage in and the skills necessary to succeed in career options both inside and outside academia and specific scientific disciplines. In response to this need, Indiana University has recently offered a new graduate seminar in astronomy to provide this broader perspective and to prepare students for a variety of career paths after graduate school. The course uses a mixture of class discussion on selected topics supplemented by short readings, activities that prepare students for seeking employment and practice some necessary skills, and discussions with astronomers who have followed a variety of career paths. An important part of the seminar is the practical preparation of complete applications for typical positions students are likely to pursue following graduation, and the revision of these applications to be appropriate for a non-traditional career path. The goal of the course is to make students aware of the many options for careers that will be available to them and the skills that will be important for their success, and to equip students with strategies for following a personally satisfying career path.

Friel, Eileen D.

2014-01-01

448

Developing European guidelines for training care professionals in mental health promotion  

PubMed Central

Background Although mental health promotion is a priority mental health action area for all European countries, high level training resources and high quality skills acquisition in mental health promotion are still relatively rare. The aim of the current paper is to present the results of the DG SANCO-funded PROMISE project concerning the development of European guidelines for training social and health care professionals in mental health promotion. Methods The PROMISE project brought together a multidisciplinary scientific committee from eight European sites representing a variety of institutions including universities, mental health service providers and public health organisations. The committee used thematic content analysis to filter and analyse European and international policy documents, scientific literature reviews on mental health promotion and existing mental health promotion programmes with regard to identifying quality criteria for training care professionals on this subject. The resulting PROMISE Guidelines quality criteria were then subjected to an iterative feedback procedure with local steering groups and training professionals at all sites with the aim of developing resource kits and evaluation tools for using the PROMISE Guidelines. Scientific committees also collected information from European, national and local stakeholder groups and professional organisations on existing training programmes, policies and projects. Results The process identified ten quality criteria for training care professionals in mental health promotion: embracing the principle of positive mental health; empowering community stakeholders; adopting an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach; including people with mental health problems; advocating; consulting the knowledge base; adapting interventions to local contexts; identifying and evaluating risks; using the media; evaluating training, implementation processes and outcomes. The iterative feedback process produced resource kits and evaluation checklists linked with each of these quality criteria in all PROMISE languages. Conclusions The development of generic guidelines based on key quality criteria for training health and social care professionals in mental health promotion should contribute in a significant way to implementing policy in this important area. PMID:23270332

2012-01-01

449

Effective Strategies and Activities for Developing Soft Skills, Part 1  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Employers seek employees who possess soft skills. Employees who do not have excellent soft skills may not experience success in obtaining and sustaining employment. McEwen's (2010) framework for skill-building--introduce, explain, practice, and reinforce--was used to describe activities for enhancing soft skills. Assessment of soft skills

Blaszczynski, Carol; Green, Diana J.

2012-01-01

450

Effective Strategies and Activities for Developing Soft Skills, Part 2  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Employers seek employees who possess soft skills. Employees who do not have excellent soft skills may not experience success in obtaining and sustaining employment. McEwen's (2010) framework for skill-building--introduce, explain, practice, and reinforce--was used to describe activities for enhancing soft skills. Soft skills building activities…

Green, Diana J.; Blaszczynski, Carol

2012-01-01

451

Skilled interaction among professional carers in special accommodations for adult people with learning disabilities.  

PubMed

Communicative difficulties affect interactions between people with learning disabilities and their carers. Despite such difficulties, however, some carers seem to interact successfully with people who have limited ability to communicate verbally and exhibit challenging behaviour. This study aims to illuminate skilled interaction among carers working in special accommodations for people with learning disabilities. Interactions between 16 caregivers and 11 residents with learning disabilities were recorded on video. Verbal and non-verbal interaction skills among the carers were identified. Four caring situations with people with learning disabilities were chosen to illuminate skilled interaction. The transcribed text was subjected to qualitative content analysis and core stories were created. The results show that skilled interaction between the carers and the people with learning disabilities is based upon being confirming, sharing daily life experience, giving time and space, and using congruent and distinct language. In this paper we present examples that offer concrete suggestions of how to promote successful interaction and create meaning in the shared day-to-day life in special accommodations for people with learning disabilities. PMID:22676335

Antonsson, H; Aström, S; Lundström, M; Graneheim, U H

2013-09-01

452

Skills for Life: Library Information Literacy for Grades 6-8. Professional Growth Series.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document is one of three in the "Skills for Life: Library Information Literacy" series designed to cover the entire curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12. The looseleaf notebook format allows librarians or teachers to add material in connection with different topics. This volume is devoted to the middle school grades 6 through 8, a…

Kibbey, Marsha, Ed.

453

[Effect of adaptive biocontrol sessions in the presence of strong professional skill].  

PubMed

Effect of adaptive biocontrol on efficiency of the operator possessing stable skills in simulating manual control of Soyuz hang-up and berthing to the International space station (ISS) was studied. Job quality was evaluated by the time, energy and precision parameters. The investigation used an ISS computer model and mock-ups of the board operating controls. PMID:22312857

Antonov, A A; Ershova, T A; Dudukin, A V

2011-01-01

454

An examination of science teachers' learning in a laboratory-based professional development program  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Professional development generally refers to the collection of activities that systematically increase teachers' knowledge of academic subjects and advance teachers' understanding of instructional strategies. Given the complexity of the reform initiatives for science education in the United States of America as set forth by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Science Education Standards (NRC, 1996), professional development might provide a bridge for aligning teacher practice with national standards (Loucks-Horsley, 1995). However, the current model of professional growth, focused largely on expanding a repertoire of skills, is not adequate (Little, 1993). Understanding teacher learning theory and utilizing research on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) could be the differentiating factor for science teacher professional development; if utilized in design and evaluation, they may promote both knowing science in context and knowing how to tailor science learning to the needs of students (Shulman, 1987). The purpose of this study was to investigate how the Laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development Program (LSTPD), a three year professional development model that immerses teachers in learning science content through inquiry, impacts teachers' learning and classroom practice. It first aimed to analyze teacher learning and PCK; second, it examined their views on professional development; and third, whether they anticipate adapting their practice to include facets of their laboratory experience. Participants were teachers in their second or third year of participation in LSTPD. The study followed a qualitative case study design and made use of in-depth interviews and observations to examine teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and practice. The study drew on a constructivist framework. Findings demonstrated that teachers' understanding of content, inquiry, and science as a living enterprise were greatly increased, and that teachers generated goals for practice that echoed their new understandings. Further, teachers articulated how they connected LSTPD to their classrooms, fueling further discussion of the role of PCK in their experience. This study has greater implications for the design of sustained research-based professional development experiences in promoting learning in teachers, and inquiry techniques in classrooms.

Kiehl, Melissa Lynn

455

Using Intentional Development of Research Skills as a Framework for Curriculum Reform  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We advocate that geoscience departmental or community discussions related to curriculur revision or accreditation should be considered within a framework that clearly and intentionally develops research and professional skills throughout the curricular structure. Among the primary qualities sought by geoscience employers and graduate schools are graduates with strong research, critical thinking, field, communication, and people/team skills. While these should be the hallmark of a liberally educated graduate, we think it is imperative to explicitly develop and assess these skills as part of the same curricular framework used for organizing essential content. Though many organizations and authors have argued about the importance and effectiveness of undergraduate research as a means to develop higher level skill sets, discussions of geoscience accreditation or curricular revision commonly emphasize the choice of a core set of courses or content. Drummond and Markin (2008) highlight the commonalities among core geoscience courses. However, their summary, and our own experiences and program comparisons also point out diversity among successful geoscience program cores that may relate to expansion of the boundaries of our discipline, geographic factors, and/or size and character of department faculty. At Western Carolina University (WCU) and more recently at Grand Valley State University, attempts at curricular revision were initially stymied by difficulties in defining core courses. At WCU, focus on a critical skills framework helped to work through these challenges to establish a revised geology curriculum in 2000 with explicit goals to build critical thinking, reasoning, synthesis, and communication skills. To achieve these goals, investigative experiences were included in all geology courses, a senior research capstone was required, and more opportunities were created for all students to engage in out-of-class research. Numerous measures indicate programmatic and student successes, but reveal challenges that the program now seeks to improve by adding skills and assessment benchmarks to key courses at each class level. These changes are supported by a faculty with a common vision, a recent program review, and a University initiative to improve student engagement and synthesis.

Peterson, V. L.; Lord, M. L.

2008-12-01

456

Professional development and teacher impacts: The NSF GK-12 experience  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Professional development is a central piece in the continuing education of teachers. The purpose of this study was to examine professional development for teachers, in particular, the impact of one program that has the potential to positively influence educators as their careers evolve. Twenty-seven teachers who served as participants in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Fellows in K-12 Education Program (GK-12) volunteered to be interviewed about their experiences as teacher partners with graduate student Fellows who were considered experts in their content area and research methods. The teachers taught 1st through 12th grades in 22 different schools, and represented nine GK-12 programs in six states. The data collected in this qualitative study indicate enduring impacts on teachers and those included: affective impacts, as well as impacts on their practice, their colleagues and their professional involvement. In addition, Fellow and student impacts were reported. The teacher reports indicate that the design and goals of the GK-12 program---which is meant to impact graduate student Fellows, teachers and students---are consistent with the literature on best-practice professional development including facilitating teacher change. Thus, this program can serve as a model for designing effective professional development. A limitation of this study is that most of the data collected were from teacher reports.

Camasta, Susan Fullett

457

Reading Instruction Affects the Cognitive Skills Supporting Early Reading Development  

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This study examined the cognitive skills associated with early reading development when children were taught by different types of instruction. Seventy-nine children (mean age at pre-test 4;10 (0.22 S.D.) and post-test 5;03 (0.21 S.D.)) were taught to read either by an eclectic approach which included sight-word learning, guessing from context and…

McGeown, Sarah P.; Johnston, Rhona S.; Medford, Emma

2012-01-01

458

Professional Development and Closing the Achievement Gap  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A significant challenge to schools is selecting the staff development approach that aligns most clearly with the assumptions and beliefs of staff members and produces the results desired for students. When beliefs are in alignment, change in behavior accelerates; when beliefs underlying a new staff development program contradict long-held beliefs…

Hirsh, Stephanie

2005-01-01

459

The Role of Collegial Interaction in Continuing Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduction: Many physicians seek information from colleagues over other sources, highlighting the important role of interaction in continuing professional development (CPD). To guide the development of CPD opportunities, this study explored the nature of cancer-related questions faced by general surgeons, and how interaction with colleagues…

Gagliardi, Anna R.; Wright, Frances C.; Anderson, Michael A. B.; Davis, Dave

2007-01-01

460

Putting the Research To Work: Professional Development Models from Michigan.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes statewide professional development programs in Michigan that were developed to train teachers in technology use. Discusses Teach for Tomorrow, which combines online learning with local facilitators and peer support networks; and the Great Lakes Education Network Best Practices project, which combines lesson plans from the Web with…

Hoffman, Ellen; Thompson, Ginny

2000-01-01

461

34 CFR 200.60 - Expenditures for professional development.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

...development activities to ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals meet the...to ensure that the LEA's teachers and paraprofessionals meet the...this part to support ongoing training and professional development...34) of the ESEA, to assist teachers and paraprofessionals in...

2011-07-01

462

34 CFR 200.60 - Expenditures for professional development.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

...development activities to ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals meet the...to ensure that the LEA's teachers and paraprofessionals meet the...this part to support ongoing training and professional development...34) of the ESEA, to assist teachers and paraprofessionals in...

2014-07-01

463

Professional Development Needs and Interests of Early Childhood Education Trainers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

An online survey of early childhood education (ECE) trainers was conducted to assess their professional development needs and determine any differences between new and experienced trainers. Trainers identified teaching techniques and resources commonly used. The survey information is guiding the development of ECE trainer criteria in a…

Byington, Teresa A.; Tannock, Michelle T.

2011-01-01

464

Professional Development in National Organizations: Insights from Girls Incorporated  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Whether staff members are working in urban, rural, or suburban branches, for many years national organizations have been committed to preparing them to work effectively with young people. Over the past couple of decades, national organizations have sought and received strong funding to develop targeted, comprehensive professional development

Nicholson, Heather Johnston; Houchin, Susan; Stegall, Brenda

2004-01-01

465

Evaluation of Professional Development: Deploying a process-focused model  

Microsoft Academic Search

This evaluation used a change transition model to explore the processes of development of a three?phase professional programme devised by two teams of researchers to support teachers’ expertise in six domains of science teaching. The full programme operated over two years. Interviews with developers at the end of each phase (21 interviews) and with teachers at the end of phases

Pam Hanley; Felix Maringe; Mary Ratcliffe

2008-01-01

466

The Tren Urbano Upr\\/Mit professional development program  

Microsoft Academic Search

A joint multidisciplinary professional development program has been developed which uses the Tren Urbano project as a laboratory for students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Tren Urbano project consists of the planning, design, construction and future operation of the first phase of an urban heavy-rail transit system in the metropolitan

Antonio A. Gomdlez-Quevedo; Benjamin Colucci; Lydia E. Mercado-Sherman; Frederic R. Harris; K. E. Kruckemeyer; N. H. M. Wilson

1999-01-01

467

Partnership and Collaboration: The Foundation for Professional Development School Partnerships.  

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This paper describes the development of an early childhood education Professional Development School (PDS) partnership between an all kindergarten elementary school and a comprehensive state university. The partnership emphasized collaboration. The PDS coordinator began the process of collaboration by meeting with the school principal. The…

Aldrich, Jennifer E.

468

Professional Development of Teacher Educators: A Cross Border Story  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper presents the results of a collaborative project between the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the School of Education at Can Tho University, Vietnam. The project aimed to develop a model for the professional development of teacher educators in the context of educational innovations in…

Laws, Kevin; Harbon, Lesley; Nguyen, Nam; Trinh, Lap

2009-01-01

469

Professional Development: Teachers Use of GIS to Enhance Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article explains a professional development experience of fifth to twelfth grade teachers in using geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies to enhance classroom teaching and learning environments. A key challenge faced by the developers was whether teachers would value the technology tools enough…

McClurg, Patricia A.; Buss, Alan

2007-01-01

470

--Professional and Cognitive Development through Problem Solving with Evan Glazer  

E-print Network

72 InterMath 1 --Professional and Cognitive Development through Problem Solving with Technology). The development of mathematical understanding occurs when technology is used as a cognitive tool that supports to deliver the curriculum through web-based materials and to explore the mathematics using cognitive tools

Spagnolo, Filippo

471

Intellectual Energy Flow: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article features the workshop titled Exploring New Environments, developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program. Exploring New Environments is a teacher professional development model based on the idea that teachers are also learners who thrive when given the means and encouragement…

Vogel, Amber; Muth, Christine

2005-01-01

472

The Role of Video in Teacher Professional Development  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This literature review focuses on the e-use of video in teacher initial and continuing professional development. There is evidence that video technology used synchronously, and particularly asynchronously, can extend the quantity and quality of classroom observation experience, which in turn supports the development of observation, analysis and…

Marsh, Brian; Mitchell, Nick

2014-01-01

473

Strategic Framework for Teacher Education and Professional Development: Pakistan  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

It is common to find well-crafted and coherent policy designs failing to attain desired results in developing counties. Pakistan is no exception. Despite having taken a significant number of initiatives in a quest to further its Teacher Professional Development (TPD) objectives, progress remains less than satisfactory. While a number of studies…

US Agency for International Development, 2006

2006-01-01

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Te Kotahitanga: Culturally Responsive Professional Development for Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Te Kotahitanga is a research and professional development project that aims to support teachers to raise the achievement of New Zealand's indigenous Maori students in public/mainstream classrooms. An Effective Teaching Profile, developed from the voices of Maori students, their families, principals and some of their teachers, provides direction…

Bishop, Russell; Berryman, Mere

2010-01-01

475

Professional Development Schools Revisited: Reform, Authentic Partnerships, and New Visions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Professional Development School (PDS) concept was developed by the Holmes Group (now known as the Holmes Partnership) in response to a national call for educational reform. More recent reform agendas question the effectiveness of the PDS model. This article examines the changes that are occurring in the Temple University PDS in Philadelphia,…

Leonard, Jacqueline; Lovelace-Taylor, Kay; Sanford-DeShields, Jayminn; Spearman, Patrick

2004-01-01

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The Relation between Employee Organizational and Professional Development Activities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A model is presented showing hypothesized common and parallel antecedents of employee organizational development activity (ODA) versus professional development activity (PDA). A common antecedent is expected to affect both ODA and PDA, while a parallel antecedent is expected to affect its corresponding work referent. This model was tested using a…

Blau, Gary; Andersson, Lynne; Davis, Kathleen; Daymont, Tom; Hochner, Arthur; Koziara, Karen; Portwood, Jim; Holladay, Blair

2008-01-01

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Developing Sixth Graders' Inquiry Skills to Construct Explanations in Inquiry-based Learning Environments  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study is to investigate how sixth graders develop inquiry skills to construct explanations in an inquiry-based learning environment. We designed a series of inquiry-based learning activities and identified four inquiry skills that are relevant to students' construction of explanation. These skills include skills to identify causal relationships, to describe the reasoning process, to use data as

2006-01-01

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Developing Leadership Skills in "Introduction to Engineering Courses" through Multi-Media Case Studies  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A literature review identifies a partial list of leadership skills to include developing higher-order cognitive skills, team working skills, positive attitude, and ability to transfer these skills to future environment. This paper discusses the results of research conducted on the use of multiple instructional methodologies in two different…

Sankar, Chetan S.; Kawulich, Barbara; Clayton, Howard; Raju, P. K.

2010-01-01

479

The Emerging Market for Information Professionals in Botswana, and the Skills Requirements  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study investigated the status of the emerging market for information professionals in Botswana. The respondents were the Masters graduates from the University of Botswana Library and Information Studies (LIS) program from 1996 to 2003 who are currently employed, and four employing organizations--the University of Botswana (UBL), Botswana…

Ojedokun, Ayoku A.; Moahi, Kgomotso H.

2005-01-01

480

Assessing Professionalism and Ethics Knowledge and Skills: Preferences of Psychiatry Residents  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Background: Professionalism is one of the fundamental expectations and a core competency in residency education. Although programs use a variety of evaluative methods, little is known about residents' views of and preferences regarding various methods of assessment. Method: The authors surveyed residents at seven psychiatry residency programs…

Marrero, Isis; Bell, Michael; Dunn, Laura B.; Roberts, Laura Weiss

2013-01-01

481

Center for Professional Development and Business Research  

E-print Network

a combination of lecture, discussion, simulation, case analysis, and company application exercises. Requirements analysis, sourcing strategy development, supplier selection and evaluation, supplier integration, supplier sessions will be integrated and supply chain performance metrics will be introduced. Participants also

Rutledge, Steven

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From lecture to learning tasks: use of the 4C/ID model in a communication skills course in a continuing professional education context.  

PubMed

This article describes the use of four-component instructional design (4C/ID), a model to plan educational interventions for complex learning. This model was used to design a continuing education course on communication skills for health professionals in a context that is hierarchical and communal. The authors describe the 4C/ID model and provide an example of its application in designing the course. In the 4C/ID model, learning tasks serve as the backbone of the course, with lectures and other supportive information organized around them. The 4C/ID model is different from traditional models that base the course on lectures on different topics and connect part-task assignments to these topics. The use of the 4C/ID model to develop the educational intervention moves the paradigm from lectures to learning tasks to better prepare learners for real practice. PMID:23654295

Susilo, Astrid Pratidina; van Merriënboer, Jeroen; van Dalen, Jan; Claramita, Mora; Scherpbier, Albert

2013-06-01

483

Business Educators' Perceptions of the Impact of Their Professional Development on Classroom Instruction  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Objective: This research investigated teachers' perceptions of the impact of professional development on the classroom instruction of secondary business teachers and the relationship between the impact of professional development and the number of hours spent in professional development. Background: Quality professional development for teachers…

Shumack, Kellie A.; Forde, Connie M.

2011-01-01

484

The University of South Carolina Professional Development School Network: Twenty Years of Effective Collaboration  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The 2010 Professional Development Schools National Conference recognized the University of South Carolina's Professional Development School Network for its outstanding collaborative accomplishments, naming it as a recipient of the National Association for Professional Development School's Award for Exemplary Professional Development School…

Field, Bruce E.; Blakeney, Roy; Burton, Megan; Dunlap, Elizabeth; Faile, Jan; Hudson, Zina; Jackson, Margo

2010-01-01

485

Matrix of Hard and Soft Skills  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This document was developed by Access Tech Careers to support successful course completion for students with learning disabilities. This matrix displays intersections between hard skills, including reading, writing, oral communication, and math, with soft skills, including critical thinking, teamwork, professionalism, and adaptability. It can help instructors integrate hard and soft skills in course planning.

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On Efforts to Collegially Develop Teacher Professionalism  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The paper describes efforts to support the development of reflective practice at a basic school in Brno, the Czech Republic. The aims, structure, content and methods are mentioned, as well as some preliminary results. Also, the authors suggest a few preconditions of the success of possible future actions. The specific case is seen from the…

Lazarova, Bohumira; Pol, Milan

2002-01-01

487

Moral Development and Education. Professional Education Series.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Problems of providing effective training for moral development are discussed. Intended for teachers, parents, and education students, the book lends itself easily to application in the classroom. The book is presented in three sections. Section I provides a historical and philosophical perspective on the need for moral education and on basic…

Forisha, Bill E.; Forisha, Barbara E.

488

Staff Appraisal: Personal, Professional and Organisational Development?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Summarizes a small-scale project that surveyed 17 faculty members' attitudes toward an appraisal scheme adopted at the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland. Examines tensions between management's desire to ensure achievement of organizational policies and plans and individual staff members' career development wishes. Rationally structured…

Hutchinson, Barry

1995-01-01

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"Dress for Success" Professional Development Workshop  

E-print Network

are cordially invited to attend this workshop, designed for both men and women, to learn how to develop Owning Your Body TypeOwning Your Body TypeOwning Your Body TypeOwning Your Body Type Knowing What is NecessaryKnowing What is NecessaryKnowing What is NecessaryKnowing What is Necessary Putting It All Together

Heller, Barbara

490

Professional Noticing: Developing Responsive Mathematics Teaching  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Thoughtful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) presents an opportunity for increased emphasis on the development of mathematical understanding among students. Granted, ascertaining the mathematical understanding of an individual student is highly complex work and often exceedingly difficult.…

Thomas, Jonathan N.; Eisenhardt, Sara; Fisher, Molly H.; Schack, Edna O.; Tassell, Janet; Yoder, Margaret

2014-01-01

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Annual Survey Provides Professional Development Profiles.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In September 1992, a mail survey was conducted of staff development coordinators (SDC's) at California community colleges. A total of 56 colleges returned usable surveys. Where appropriate, survey results were compared with findings from 1990 and 1991 surveys of SDC's. Results from the 1992 survey included the following: (1) between 1990 and 1992,…

Ratliffe, Sharon A.

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Professional Development for Career Educators. ERIC Digest.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

New approaches to career and technical education (CTE) create new roles for career educators, including providing career awareness, counseling, guidance, and self-education. Career educators must understand and reflect upon career development theories; teaching and learning strategies; school-to-work practices; school/business linkages; and…

Brown, Bettina Lankard

493

Coaching to promote professional development in nursing practice.  

PubMed

This article presents coaching, which facilitates the highest form of learning, as a potential strategy for promoting professional development in nursing. In doing so, it sets out what coaching is and highlights its benefits in terms of team building, adaptation to changes, career planning and professional development. Having established the rudiments of coaching and identifying its qualities, the article then sets out strategies of coaching using three models: the 3-D Technique Model, The Practice Spiral Model and The Grow Model. Three case histories are presented to explain how these models could be used to implement coaching and personal learning plans (PLP). Directions are provided where training for coaching is available. It is concluded that coaching can be a powerful tool in enhancing nurses' and other health professionals' ability to contribute to the success of healthcare organisations. PMID:24933546

Narayanasamy, Aru; Penney, Vivian

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From student to steward: the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University as a case study in professional development during doctoral training  

PubMed Central

A key facet of professional development is the formation of professional identity. At its most basic level, professional identity for a scientist centers on mastery of a discipline and the development of research skills during doctoral training. To develop a broader understanding of professional identity in the context of doctoral training, the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID) ran a multi-institutional study from 2001 to 2005. A key outcome of the CID was the development of the concept of ‘stewards of the discipline’. The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) at Georgetown University participated in CID from 2003 to 2005. Here, we describe the IPN and highlight the programmatic developments resulting from participation in the CID. In particular, we emphasize programmatic activities that are designed to promote professional skills in parallel with scientific development. We describe activities in the domains of leadership, communication, teaching, public outreach, ethics, collaboration, and mentorship. Finally, we provide data that demonstrate that traditional metrics of academic success are not adversely affected by the inclusion of professional development activities in the curricula. By incorporating these seven ‘professional development’ activities into the required coursework and dissertation research experience, the IPN motivates students to become stewards of the discipline. PMID:25005356

Ullrich, Lauren; Dumanis, Sonya B.; Evans, Tanya M.; Jeannotte, Alexis M.; Leonard, Carrie; Rozzi, Summer J.; Taylor, Caitlin M.; Gale, Karen; Kanwal, Jagmeet S.; Maguire-Zeiss, Kathleen A.; Wolfe, Barry B.; Forcelli, Patrick A.

2014-01-01

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A life course approach to the development of mental skills  

PubMed Central

A wide variety of factors across the life course jointly influence cognitive and emotional development. Indeed, research from a variety of disciplines strongly suggests that cognition and mental health are intertwined across the life course, by their common antecedents and underlying physiology in development, and in their interplay across adult and later life. We suggest that cognitive and socio-emotional function fuse to form skills for life supporting self-regulation, competence and quality of life that persist into later life, through linked reciprocal processes of genetic influence, nurturing, schooling, work, and lifestyle. PMID:21398418

Richards, Marcus; Hatch, Stephani L.

2012-01-01

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Developing a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum for professionalism and scientific integrity training for biomedical graduate students.  

PubMed

A multidisciplinary faculty committee designed a curriculum to shape biomedical graduate students into researchers with a high commitment to professionalism and social responsibility and to provide students with tools to navigate complex, rapidly evolving academic and societal environments with a strong ethical commitment. The curriculum used problem-based learning (PBL), because it is active and learner-centred and focuses on skill and process development. Two courses were developed: Scientific Professionalism: Scientific Integrity addressed discipline-specific and broad professional norms and obligations for the ethical practice of science and responsible conduct of research (RCR). Scientific Professionalism: Bioethics and Social Responsibility focused on current ethical and bioethical issues within the scientific profession, and implications of research for society. Each small-group session examined case scenarios that included: (1) learning objectives for professional norms and obligations; (2) key ethical issues and philosophies within each topic area; (3) one or more of the RCR instructional areas; and (4) at least one type of moral reflection. Cases emphasised professional standards, obligations and underlying philosophies for the ethical practice of science, competing interests of stakeholders and oversight of science (internal and external). To our knowledge, this is the first use of a longitudinal, multi-semester PBL course to teach scientific integrity and professionalism. Both faculty and students endorsed the active learning approach for these topics, in contrast to a compliance-based approach that emphasises learning rules and regulations. PMID:20797979

Jones, Nancy L; Peiffer, Ann M; Lambros, Ann; Guthold, Martin; Johnson, A Daniel; Tytell, Michael; Ronca, April E; Eldridge, J Charles

2010-10-01

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Designing professional development to increase local capacity to sustain reform  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There is a rich tradition of using curriculum materials to foster reform and innovation in science education. A key issue in any materials development effort is how to engender high-quality enactments of new materials, and how to sustain and scale up high-quality use so that the materials have a lasting and meaningful impact on the education of students. Many have argued that professional development (PD) is a key to the long-term success of systemic reform initiatives and there is a dire need for resources that help districts sustain PD opportunities that support teachers using innovations beyond their initial implementation. This dissertation consists of three manuscripts that look at the process of understanding teachers' use of reform-rich materials and supporting teacher professional development in the context of efforts by districts and innovators to implement and sustain their use in middle school science classrooms. The first manuscript looks specifically at the practices of teachers using learning-goals driven curriculum materials in an effort to model the effects of these practices on student achievement. Teacher surveys and video recording were used to relate teachers' characteristics and practices to student achievement using a multi-level approach. The second manuscript uses video recordings to critically examine a professional development workshop enacted by curriculum developers to identify knowledge and strategies that might be adapted for use locally to sustain PD offerings. The third manuscript presents two cases that describe how a professional development workcircle consisting of university researchers, district personnel, and lead teachers was able to sustain district-led professional development around reform-rich curriculum materials. Findings from the three studies are considered in light of factors necessary to sustain and scale the use of educational innovations and a model for supporting local PD is suggested.

Fogleman, Jay A.

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Exploring English-Language Teachers' Professional Development in Developing Countries: Cases from Syria and Pakistan  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper attempts to present the findings of a study carried out in Pakistan that explored English-language teachers' professional development in developing countries. The main guiding question for the study was: How do English-language teachers at secondary schools learn to teach and develop professionally in Syria and Pakistan? Two cases were…

Dayoub, Ruba; Bashiruddin, Ayesha

2012-01-01

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Development and initial validation of the Performance Skills Questionnaire (PSQ).  

PubMed

The objectives of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the Performance Skills Questionnaire (PSQ), addressed to measure performance skills of preschoolers, as reported by their parents. Participants included 231 children ranging in age from 4 to 6 years old, with mild to moderate developmental disabilities and 240 children without disabilities at same age range. Internal consistency, test-retest, construct validity, and divergent and convergent validity were assessed. The PSQ has shown good internal reliability, and temporal stability. Construct validity was supported by factor analysis which yielded 3 factors that explained almost 52% of the total variance. Significant differences were found between known groups. Convergent and divergent validity were supported by significant correlations with Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) test, and the Children Participation Questionnaire (CPQ). The PSQ is a unique tool that measures performance skills based on preschool children's everyday function. Results provide evidence in support of the PSQ as a reliable and psychometrically sound instrument. PMID:19709854

Bart, Orit; Rosenberg, Limor; Ratzon, Navah Z; Jarus, Tal

2010-01-01

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Deep and Shallow Water Effects on Developing Preschoolers’ Aquatic Skills  

PubMed Central

The aim of the study was to assess deep and shallow water teaching methods in swimming lessons for preschool children and identify variations in the basic aquatic skills acquired. The study sample included 32 swimming instructors (16 from deep water programs and 16 from shallow water programs) and 98 preschool children (50 from deep water swimming pool and 48 from shallow water swimming pool). The children were also studied regarding their previous experience in swimming (6, 12 and 18 months or practice). Chi-Square test and Fisher’s exact test were used to compare the teaching methodology. A discriminant analysis was conducted with ? wilk’s method to predict under what conditions students are better or worse (aquatic competence). Results suggest that regardless of the non-significant variations found in teaching methods, the water depth can affect aquatic skill acquisition - shallow water lessons seem to impose greater water competence particularly after 6 months of practice. The discriminant function revealed a significant association between groups and all predictors for 6 months of swimming practice (p<0.001). Body position in gliding and leg displacements were the main predictors. For 12 and 18 months of practice, the discriminant function do not revealed any significant association between groups. As a conclusion, it seems that the teaching methodology of aquatic readiness based on deep and shallow water programs for preschoolers is not significantly different. However, shallow water lessons could be preferable for the development of basic aquatic skills. PMID:23487406

Costa, Aldo M.; Marinho, Daniel A.; Rocha, Helena; Silva, António J.; Barbosa, Tiago M.; Ferreira, Sandra S.; Martins, Marta

2012-01-01