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An investigation of teachers’ professional development practices in a rural Fijian secondary school

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Mohan, PP ORCID: 0000-0003-1323-8096, Lingam, GI and Chand, DD ORCID: 0000-0002-8712-7842 2017 , 'An investigation of teachers’ professional development practices in a rural Fijian secondary school' , Waikato Journal of Education, vol. 22, no. 4 , pp. 89-97 , doi: 10.15663/wje.v22i4.540.

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Abstract

This research investigates teachers’ professional development (PD) practices in a rural Fijiansecondary school. Using a qualitative research design, data was gathered by means of document analysis and semi-structured interviews with 15 teachers of the case study school. The findings revealed that the teachers in the school were mostly engaged in traditional PD which involved a teacher-centred PD, top-down approach and PD being short-term and unconnected, which basically failed to meet teachers’ professional needs. In contrast job-embedded collegial learning, even though not widely practiced, was found to be more beneficial. By providing information on teachers’ PD, this study could be of interest to schools and the Ministry of Education.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mohan, PP and Lingam, GI and Chand, DD
Keywords: Professional development (PD); Ministry of Education; rural; Fijian; practices; traditional; jobembedded.
Journal or Publication Title: Waikato Journal of Education
Publisher: University of Waikato School of Education
ISSN: 2382-0373
DOI / ID Number: 10.15663/wje.v22i4.540
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Copyright 2017 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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