Telling tales and painting pictures: A narrative inquiry into the professional learning of Northern Territory primary teachers

Batenburg, Nancy G. (2015) Telling tales and painting pictures: A narrative inquiry into the professional learning of Northern Territory primary teachers. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis narrates the professional learning experiences of seven Northern Territory teachers. It outlines the evolution from traditional professional development in schools to an active, responsive professional learning agenda. With increasing demands on teachers, standardisation and the quest for improved student outcomes, key themes in the re-storied narrative emerge about the definition and role of professional learning in complex conditions, effective teaching, quality programmes, and teacher agency. This thesis contributes to knowledge about the characteristics that teachers value in their professional learning experiences. An Ongoing Professional Enhancement Model (OPE) is proposed, highlighting directions in this field for key stakeholders.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

79 since deposited on 11 Jan 2016
79 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 90063
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Ryan, Mary & Ritchie, Stephen
Keywords: interpretive narrative inquiry, narrative inquiry, professional development, professional learning, professional growth, Northern Territory, teacher agency, co-constructed narratives, professional agency, professional enhancement
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2016 02:38
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2016 02:42

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page