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Investigating the Learning of a Professional Development Team: The Years 1-3 Mathematics Probes Project

Diezmann, Carmel M., Fox, Jillian L., deVries, Eva B., Siemon, Dianne E., & Norris, Geraldine B. (2007) Investigating the Learning of a Professional Development Team: The Years 1-3 Mathematics Probes Project. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development (MTED), 8, pp. 94-116.

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Abstract

This study examines the learning of a diverse team of five professional developers as they led or supported a mathematics initiative. Although teachers are typically the focus of learning in professional development, we contend that the learning of professional developers is important and should not be overlooked. We examined our learning as a professional development team through first-person inquiry which drew on reflections, conversational accounts and other artefacts. These data sources were used to create a first-person narrative which was analysed for learning according to four domains of change in a model of teacher professional growth. Our findings revealed that this project was rich in opportunities for learning including: learning about mathematics pedagogy; learning about the potential for miscommunication of a message; learning about the challenges of teachers working across multiple agendas and systems trying to support these teachers; and learning about the advantages of team work. Many of these learnings were fortuitous rather than planned. Hence, we now appreciate the importance of being more conscious of the potential for learning in the conduct of professional development projects and to plan for this learning. The paper concludes with challenges for all who undertake or access professional development services in mathematics education.

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ID Code: 14123
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: early childhood, professional development, mathematics
ISSN: 1442-3901
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:40

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