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“The best ever”: mathematics teachers’ perceptions of quality professional learning

Beswick, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0224-5648, Fraser, S ORCID: 0000-0002-0766-4892 and Crowley, S 2017 , '“The best ever”: mathematics teachers’ perceptions of quality professional learning', in B Kaur and WK Ho and TL and Toh and BH Choy (eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education , Welon Printing Co. Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 169-176 .

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Abstract

This paper reports on the responses of 109 Australian mathematics teachers to an online questionnaire designed to identify their perceptions of the characteristics of quality professional learning (PL). They were asked to consider the best PL that they had ever undertaken, rate possible contributors to its quality on 5-point Likert type scales, select five features of quality PL that most contributed to the PL being the best they had experienced, and nominate any other factors that they believed contributed to it being the best ever. Teachers most valued PL that they considered to contribute to improved teaching and improved student learning. Nevertheless, the PL nominated was not necessarily characterised by all of the widely accepted features of effective PL. Implications for the conceptualisation of quality PL are discussed.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Beswick, K and Fraser, S and Crowley, S
Keywords: teacher perceptions; professional learning; mathematics; improved student learning
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Publisher: Welon Printing Co. Pte Ltd
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