Reframing professional development for South African schools: an appreciative inquiry approach

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Author: Steyn, G. M.

Abstract:

Often research on the professional development (PD) of staff is framed within a problem-based context that focuses on the PD-related problems experienced by staff. This study pursued a different approach by using the appreciative inquiry (AI) theoretical perspective to study the positive experiences of staff in respect of PD and their desire to improve the practice of PD even further. A qualitative study was carried out among four schools with maximum variance. The findings reveal the main aim of continuing PD, the changing attitudes engendered by PD, the prominent role of the principal and the requirements for effective PD programs including the selection of facilitators, appropriate venues and the timing and duration of workshops, as well as feedback on workshops. The study provides evidence that an AI approach may be used as a basis for identifying guidelines on improving PD practice. The article concludes with implications of the findings for principals of schools.

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Often research on the professional development (PD) of staff is framed within a problem-based context that focuses on the PD-related problems experienced by staff. This study pursued a different approach by using the appreciative inquiry (AI) theoretical perspective to study the positive experiences of staff in respect of PD and their desire to improve the practice of PD even further. A qualitative study was carried out among four schools with maximum variance. The findings reveal the main aim of continuing PD, the changing attitudes engendered by PD, the prominent role of the principal ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Professional development; Principals; Teachers

Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa

Published: Beverly Hills, California: Sage Publications, 2012

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Journal title: Education and urban society

Journal volume : 44

Journal number: 3

Journal date: May 2012

Pages: pp. 318-341

ISSN: 0013-1245 (print)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 109.320



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