Identifying Chinese secondary teachers’ needs for professional development abroad

Hudson, Peter B. & Yeh, Andy Ju Chih (2006) Identifying Chinese secondary teachers’ needs for professional development abroad. In Asia-Pacific Education Research Association, November, Hong Kong.


China is at a crucial point for reforming its education system and seeks professional development abroad for selective secondary teachers. In this study, 13 experienced Chinese physics teachers undertook an intensive four-week professional development program in Australia. Early discussion with the participants and two surveys (i.e., mid-evaluation and end-evaluation surveys) aimed to gather qualitative responses for determining their needs for professional development. Data highlighted the essential nature of school visits for observing teaching practices, accurate translations, and the inclusion of physics-based excursions. Yet, apart from addressing personal and social needs, it was concluded future professional development must focus on delivering advanced content knowledge related specifically to the Chinese Curriculum Standards, and current pedagogical approaches and theories that branch beyond the transmission approach employed in China. The information in this study aims to assist other tertiary institutions conducting professional development programs for Chinese teachers.

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ID Code: 5333
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: China, physics teachers, professional development, leadership
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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