More equal than others?: Meeting the professional development needs of rural primary and secondary science teachers

Lyons, Terry (2008) More equal than others?: Meeting the professional development needs of rural primary and secondary science teachers. Teaching Science, 54(3), pp. 27-35.

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It is often assumed that teachers in rural and remote schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing professional development. But is there sufficient evidence to support this assumption? This paper reports findings from two national surveys comparing the professional development priorities of primary and secondary science teachers from metropolitan, provincial and remote schools. The research found that while teachers' unmet needs for some PD opportunities increased significantly with school remoteness, this was not the case for all opportunities. In teasing out the different PD priorities of primary and secondary science teachers, the paper provides evidence to help education authorities and professional organisations address the specific needs of teachers in different locations.

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ID Code: 92714
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: rural education, science teachers, professional development, professional learning, remote schools
ISSN: 1449-6313
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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