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Relationship Between Teachers’ Interpersonal Style And Student Outcomes In Physical Education, Diego Itibere Cunha Vasconcellos Oct 2019

Relationship Between Teachers’ Interpersonal Style And Student Outcomes In Physical Education, Diego Itibere Cunha Vasconcellos

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The overarching aim of this thesis was to investigate the effect of need support from the teacher on primary school students’ enjoyment, effort, and cognitive outcomes in physical education. Study 1 was a systematic review and meta-analysis of 265 studies that investigated the evidence regarding the tenets of Self-determination theory (SDT) in the physical education context. With few exceptions, path analysis supported the relationships proposed by SDT. Teacher need support was a stronger predictor of student autonomy (ß = .54, 95% CI [.53, .55]) and competence (ß = .31, 95% CI [.29-.33]), compared with peer support (ß = .17, 95% CI [.16 ...


Signposts And Messagesticks: An Ethnographic Study Of Non-Indigenous Drama Teachers’ Engagement With An Indigenous Drama Text, Mark Eckersley Oct 2019

Signposts And Messagesticks: An Ethnographic Study Of Non-Indigenous Drama Teachers’ Engagement With An Indigenous Drama Text, Mark Eckersley

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The purpose of this ethnographic study is to investigate how non-Indigenous Australian secondary drama teachers engage with an Australian Indigenous drama text. Some studies, such as those of Moriarty (1995) and Harrison and Greenfield (2011), have focused on the implementation and teaching of ‘Aboriginal Studies’ and ‘Aboriginal Culture’. There is a gap in scholarly literature relating to the way teachers engage with Indigenous Australian perspectives and texts. In this research, I address the following question: ‘How do non-Indigenous Victorian secondary school drama teachers (NIVSSDTs) engage with Indigenous Australian drama texts and what effects does this have on ‘ways of seeing ...


Systemic School Improvement And Student Achievement: A Case Study, Michael Krawec Jul 2019

Systemic School Improvement And Student Achievement: A Case Study, Michael Krawec

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Over the past two decades, case studies internationally have identified the effectiveness of high-performing school systems and the systemic school improvement and accountability strategies that influence student achievement. However, there has been little research on the effect of systemic school improvement on student achievement in the context of Australian Catholic educational sectors. The essence of this study is to add to the existing body of educational knowledge on a school system’s influence on student achievement. The metropolitan Catholic School system that is the subject of this study is regarded as a well-performing school system (Benjamin, 2014; Canavan, 2006, 2007c ...


A Study Of Higher Level Upper-Secondary Mathematics Course Choice, Michael Andrew Easey Jul 2019

A Study Of Higher Level Upper-Secondary Mathematics Course Choice, Michael Andrew Easey

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The impetus for this study was an observed decline in Year 10 students choosing higher level upper-secondary mathematics courses at a school in metropolitan Brisbane, Queensland. This problem has been the focus of similar research in Australia and internationally for over three generations, and despite numerous studies and reports leading to many recommendations, the problem continues. Further research regarding this problem is necessary as there are important practical implications for the students themselves, with 75% of careers in the 21st century identified as requiring skills acquired through tertiary courses that are underpinned by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), all ...


Writing Pedagogy In The Early Years: A Study Of Teacher Beliefs, Classroom Practices And Influences, Marlo Anne Graham Jul 2019

Writing Pedagogy In The Early Years: A Study Of Teacher Beliefs, Classroom Practices And Influences, Marlo Anne Graham

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The research problem underpinning this study concerns the paucity of research examining teacher beliefs about the teaching of writing and associated classroom practices. Consequently, the evidence is elusive concerning what contributes to the enactment of teaching writing and how teachers engage students and foster writing development. This research explores writing pedagogy with a focused exploration of teacher beliefs, practices and influences relating to the teaching of writing in the early years of schooling. Three contributing research questions focus the conduct of the study: 1. What do teachers believe about the teaching of writing in the early years of schooling? 2 ...


Leadership In A Binational, Bicultural And Bilingual School, Kathleen Alice Sutherland May 2019

Leadership In A Binational, Bicultural And Bilingual School, Kathleen Alice Sutherland

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This study explored how leadership develops and is practised in a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. The study focused on the joint leadership (Australian and French) of Telopea Park School Lycée Franco-Australien de Canberra, located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia. The school is a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. The study sought to understand some of the conceptual, professional and practical aspects of leadership development and practice with regard to the distinctive phenomena of leadership in a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. Further, the study aimed to generate theoretical ideas and practical recommendations for further research ...


The Contribution Of Short-Term Cross-Cultural Immersion To The Formation Of Catholic School Staff, Monica Dutton May 2019

The Contribution Of Short-Term Cross-Cultural Immersion To The Formation Of Catholic School Staff, Monica Dutton

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The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore the contribution of short-term cross-cultural immersion to the formation of Catholic school staff. The experiences of participants involved in Good Samaritan Education immersion trips served to illuminate an understanding of the immersion experience and its contribution to formation. The study aimed to discover the elements of immersion which foster transformative outcomes, and to reveal how these outcomes are evidenced in participants’ lives in the post-immersion phase. An interpretive research design using the epistemologies of constructivism and constructionism, and the theoretical perspective of symbolic interactionism underpinned the investigation. Case study methodology was ...


Teacher Isolation And The Inclusion Of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Bridging The Divide, Mitchell Graeme Coates Jan 2019

Teacher Isolation And The Inclusion Of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Bridging The Divide, Mitchell Graeme Coates

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Both researchers and clinicians have observed an apparent increase in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in current and upcoming student populations (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016; CDC, 2018). In response to these findings, the Australian Federal Government and Queensland Government have policies in place to support students in inclusive general education settings for children with ASD. The purpose of this study was to develop a more sophisticated understanding of expectations of teacher capacity to implement the inclusive practices required in Queensland educational policy, and the actual capacity of teaching staff to support their students with ASD in one ...


Youth Who Serve: Mandatory School Service Experience And Consequent Civic Responsibility, Cho See Chong Jan 2019

Youth Who Serve: Mandatory School Service Experience And Consequent Civic Responsibility, Cho See Chong

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Two phenomena are of interest in this study. One is youth service, in particular, the acts of volunteering by young adults. The second concerns the learning of service, with specific reference to mandatory school service. The aim of the study is to explore to what extent and in what ways young people believe that their sense of civic responsibility and propensity to serve was influenced by their experience of service at school. To achieve this aim, a qualitative study was conducted on a group of post-school youth in Singapore who had participated in mandatory community service while at school, and ...


Identification Of Gifted Students In Australian Catholic Primary Schools, Catherine Mary Young Jan 2019

Identification Of Gifted Students In Australian Catholic Primary Schools, Catherine Mary Young

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The research investigated the problem of identification of giftedness in primary-aged school students. The study was conducted in primary schools in a large Australian metropolitan Catholic education system, referred to in the study as the system that claims best practice and has historically provided strong support for the specific needs of students with learning difficulties. Gifted education is, however, new to the culture of this system of schools and the under-identification of gifted students has been identified as a matter of concern. The scholarly literature provides considerable research regarding teacher attitudes and their impact on gifted education and gifted students ...


Implementation And Participation In Vocational Education And Training In Catholic Schools, Michelle Deanne Swan Jan 2019

Implementation And Participation In Vocational Education And Training In Catholic Schools, Michelle Deanne Swan

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Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is recognised in all Australian states’ and territories’ education systems in the senior secondary certificates of education. The federal government has researched the benefits of VETiS and promoted it as a subject area of worth through both policy and funding. System leadership in schools have also included VETiS in their strategic direction by establishing and resourcing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to manage the compliance issues associated with the national Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. VETiS is offered in the majority of schools in New South Wales (NSW), including Catholic Schools; however, there ...


Innovative Mathematics Curriculum And Teacher Professional Learning: A Case Study, Laurinda Lomas Nov 2018

Innovative Mathematics Curriculum And Teacher Professional Learning: A Case Study, Laurinda Lomas

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Implementation of innovative curriculum is posited as an immersion strategy with the potential to deepen the mathematical knowledge of in-service teachers. The impact of beliefs on teacher practice, however, can be a substantial constraint in this change process. The purpose of this research was to explore the impact of teaching an innovative mathematics unit on teachers’ knowledge and beliefs about mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning. Using a case study methodology within a constructivist epistemology, two Year 5/6 teachers were studied as they taught a rational number unit of work originally developed in the Netherlands, underpinned by Realistic Mathematics ...


Changing Self-Limiting Mindsets Of Young Mathematically Gifted Students To Assist Talent Development, Linda Catherine Parish Oct 2018

Changing Self-Limiting Mindsets Of Young Mathematically Gifted Students To Assist Talent Development, Linda Catherine Parish

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The aim of this study was to explore the impact of classroom teachers receiving professional learning about students who are mathematically gifted, but who may display self-limiting mindset tendencies. There has been an emerging emphasis on affective impacts in education in general (Duckworth & Gross, 2014; Dweck, 2015), and in mathematics learning specifically (Boaler, 2016; Williams, 2014), on nurturing positive, non-cognitive learner dispositions, or mindsets. However, there seems to be little research, and limited discussion in the literature, about the effect of mathematically gifted students’ mindsets – of how they perceive themselves as learners of mathematics – and the impact this has on their ongoing ...


The Affordances Of Online Multiplayer Games For The Social Interactions Of Middle-Primary-School-Aged Students With Asd, Bessie Gay Stone Aug 2018

The Affordances Of Online Multiplayer Games For The Social Interactions Of Middle-Primary-School-Aged Students With Asd, Bessie Gay Stone

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This descriptive ethnographic case study investigates the potentials and constraints of online multiplayer games for the social interactions of students with an autism spectrum disorder. Minecraft® was selected as the online multiplayer game platform of focus within the research context, given its popularity among primary-school students. The study also describes the multimodal forms of social communication that students with an autism spectrum disorder used as they engaged with online multiplayer games. It investigates students, parent, and teacher perspectives of the enabling and constraining features of online multiplayer games for the social interactions of students with autism spectrum disorder. This research ...


Exploring Teachers’ Phenomenological Experiences Of A Principal’S Change Initiative, Anne-Marie Louise Black Aug 2018

Exploring Teachers’ Phenomenological Experiences Of A Principal’S Change Initiative, Anne-Marie Louise Black

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Educational change has traditionally been viewed as an objective and rational process. From this perspective, school leaders have been dependent on solving the infuriatingly elusive effective change process puzzle by trying to “finetune the plan to ensure it incorporated every essential piece of the jigsaw” (Branson, 2010, p. 18). Despite educators seeking to explain events and control processes for change for many decades, effective educational change remains an elusive outcome. By striving to objectify the process, people can overlook the subjective influence that a change initiative may have on the behaviour and attitudes of those involved in enacting change. For ...


How The Principals Of New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools Understand And Implement Special Character, Siân Maree Owen Jul 2018

How The Principals Of New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools Understand And Implement Special Character, Siân Maree Owen

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The purpose of this study is to explore how Catholic education authorities guarantee the Special Character of New Zealand Catholic schools. Since principals hold primary responsibilities in demonstrating evidence of Special Character of the Catholic school, this study particularly explores how secondary school principals fulfil this responsibility.
New Zealand Catholic schools are State integrated schools under the 1975 Private Schools Conditional Integration Act (PSCIA). This Act enabled private schools to be fully government funded, while continuing to maintain and enhance their Special Character. Special Character is important to the Catholic Church because it enables its schools to offer an authentic ...


A Matter Of Time: An Investigation Into The Learning And Teaching Of Time In The Middle Primary Years, Margaret Christine Thomas Jun 2018

A Matter Of Time: An Investigation Into The Learning And Teaching Of Time In The Middle Primary Years, Margaret Christine Thomas

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This is a report into the investigation of the learning and teaching of time in the middle years of primary school. The study began with the identification of the major Components for a clear understanding of time by investigating the purposes for and tools by which time has been measured over the centuries. Having identified the major Components of time as Awareness of time, Succession, Duration and Measurement of time, key ideas that gave additional information about each major Component were drawn from the literature and listed.

A Framework for the Learning and Teaching of Time was developed incorporating each ...


Understanding The Language Learning Strategies Of English Language Learners In The Community College System, Steven Kean May 2018

Understanding The Language Learning Strategies Of English Language Learners In The Community College System, Steven Kean

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This study focused on English language teaching and learning through the lens of language-learning strategies, and how strategies-based instruction is implemented within the community college system. The intent of this study was to determine the extent to which language-learning strategies are taught to second-language learners in a community college district, the specific strategies that language-learners use, and whether improvements to strategies-based instruction in the community college system are needed. This research used a customized version of Rebecca Oxford’s Strategies Inventory for Language Learners. It also queried instructors who teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and it analyzed ESL ...


Teaching Children About Allah, Huseyin Aldemir Mar 2018

Teaching Children About Allah, Huseyin Aldemir

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The increasing growth rate of the Muslim population in Australia highlights the importance of children being taught various aspects of Islam to gain a competent understanding about Allah. Diverse levels of government authorities in Australia affirm that children ought to be taken to learning environments where they will gain quality education and be provided positive impact on their lives. The process of teaching Islam is important as it lays a suitable platform through which children are given the adequate knowledge, belief, practice, rituals, and devotion. The purpose of the study was to examine the different ways through which Muslim children ...


The Work Of Infant And Toddler Specialists In University-Based Early Childhood Teacher Education In Australia And Aotearoa, New Zealand, Katherine Anne Bussey Jan 2018

The Work Of Infant And Toddler Specialists In University-Based Early Childhood Teacher Education In Australia And Aotearoa, New Zealand, Katherine Anne Bussey

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This doctoral thesis is a qualitative case study of the work of six university-based infant and toddler teacher educators in Australia and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Research literature is presented to locate the study within early childhood teacher education as a cultural phenomenon in its institutionalised form. This thesis explores issues related to status, professionalisation, and the education of teachers, who work with infants and toddlers, and reflects the growing awareness of the importance of infant and toddler curriculum in teacher education programs. Conceptually the study is positioned within Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). This conceptual framework was chosen in order to ...


Sensory And Motor Interventions For Very Early School-Age Children: A Cluster Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial Examining Effect On Development, Behaviour And Academic Learning Outcomes., Sandra Jennifer Miles Jan 2018

Sensory And Motor Interventions For Very Early School-Age Children: A Cluster Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial Examining Effect On Development, Behaviour And Academic Learning Outcomes., Sandra Jennifer Miles

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Sensory and motor interventions are implemented in schools with the aim to improve children's development, behaviour and academic learning outcomes, albeit with limited research evidence of effect. These are particularly used as an early intervention with very early school-age children in an effort to ease the transition to formal schooling and enhance school readiness. This thesis presents a six-phase study undertaken to examine the effect of one such intervention. The aim of this study was to determine any effect from a mixed sensorimotor and sensory integration group intervention, on early academic skills and cognitive, behavioural and socioemotional development of ...


To Teach Or Not To Teach? The Experiences And Self-Perceptions Of Early Career Teachers In Western Australian Catholic Primary Schools That Led Them To Remain In The Profession, Deborah Black Jan 2018

To Teach Or Not To Teach? The Experiences And Self-Perceptions Of Early Career Teachers In Western Australian Catholic Primary Schools That Led Them To Remain In The Profession, Deborah Black

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The focus of this research was Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in Western Australian Catholic primary schools, their experiences and self-perceptions that led them to remain in the profession. The review of literature highlighted four aspects that were pertinent to ECTs’ decisions to remain in the profession. These four areas were: motivation to join the teaching profession; likes and dislikes of teaching; challenges faced as a teacher; and, strategies used for coping with challenges faced that maintained motivation to remain in the teaching profession.

The study focused on an instrumental case study, the conduct of which was located predominantly in the ...


Initial Teacher Education Students’ Literacy: Factors That Impact On Literacy Achievement Of Prospective Pre-Service Teachers, Elizabeth O'Sullivan Jan 2018

Initial Teacher Education Students’ Literacy: Factors That Impact On Literacy Achievement Of Prospective Pre-Service Teachers, Elizabeth O'Sullivan

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Strong literacy skills are a prerequisite for teachers. There is much contention about a perceived erosion of literacy skills in new teachers and how initial teacher education providers can ensure graduate teachers possess the literacy skills required for their teaching careers. This research investigated the factors that impact on prospective pre-service teachers’ literacy achievement. A mixed methods approach was used to examine the relationship between student entry pathway, Post Entrance Literacy Assessment (PELA) score, perceptions of self-efficacy, and previous literacy experiences in a first year literacy unit for prospective primary and early childhood initial teacher education students.

Initially, in phase ...


Western Australian Teachers’ Perceptions Of Effective Secondary Mathematics Teaching Through The Lens Of The ‘Actions’ Of Mathematics: The Proficiency Strands., James O'Neill Jan 2018

Western Australian Teachers’ Perceptions Of Effective Secondary Mathematics Teaching Through The Lens Of The ‘Actions’ Of Mathematics: The Proficiency Strands., James O'Neill

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This research examined how 14 Western Australian (WA) secondary mathematics teachers perceived effective mathematics teaching through the actions of teaching mathematics, described as Proficiency Strands. The research examined a variety of insights into what constituted effective teaching. Comparisons were made using an interpretive theoretical perspective of an instrumental case study and data were reviewed using a structured inductive framework with thematic analysis. Key findings of the research found that participants’ beliefs and practices did help determine their perceptions of effective teaching but that understanding, and interpretation of mathematical proficiencies were less influential and inconsistently understood. The study found evidence that ...


An Investigation Into The Impact Of High-Stakes Testing, Through The Naplan Assessment, On The Teaching And Learning Of Mathematics In One Primary School, Linda Cranley Jan 2018

An Investigation Into The Impact Of High-Stakes Testing, Through The Naplan Assessment, On The Teaching And Learning Of Mathematics In One Primary School, Linda Cranley

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In 2008, the implementation of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced in all schools across Australia. This assessment of mathematical and literacy standards across Australia raised questions about the impact which high-stakes testing has on teaching and learning. This research specifically focused on the effect NAPLAN has had on the teaching and learning of mathematics. The study explored perspectives about NAPLAN from key participants; students, teachers and parents at one Western Australian Primary School. These perspectives included the potential anxiety experienced by students and how this affected their performance in NAPLAN. According to recent research on high-stakes ...


The Design And Development Of E-Textbooks To Support Problem-Based Learning In Secondary School Science Classrooms, Nigel Stewart Jan 2018

The Design And Development Of E-Textbooks To Support Problem-Based Learning In Secondary School Science Classrooms, Nigel Stewart

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Problem-based Learning (PBL) is widely used in education and extensive research has been conducted into the use of PBL to improve student learning. E-textbooks are a relatively recent development and represent the next stage of evolution of print media with improvements in the presentation of information. They also offer the possibility of being used as a learning tool rather than just as a store of knowledge. This thesis attempts to develop a set of design principles that allow the development of e-textbooks to promote PBL in secondary school science students.

This research presents the results of a four-year study, between ...


Perceptions Of Large-Scale, Standardised Testing In Religious Education: How Do Religious Educators Perceive The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment?, Antonella Poncini Jan 2018

Perceptions Of Large-Scale, Standardised Testing In Religious Education: How Do Religious Educators Perceive The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment?, Antonella Poncini

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This research provides a Western Australian perspective of teaching and assessing Religious Education (RE) in Catholic schools. The perspective recognises RE as a learning area reserved for classroom instruction. This educational focus aligns RE with other learning areas as well as highlights the important role that RE plays in the evangelising mission of the Catholic Church.

A pragmatic approach to research was implemented to focus on religious educators’ perceptions of a large-scale, standardised assessment in RE called The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA). This assessment is developed by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. The research surveyed 238 religious ...


Who Will Lead?: Implications And Recommendations For The Development And Appointment Of Sydney Catholic Schools’ Leaders, Maria Maher Jan 2018

Who Will Lead?: Implications And Recommendations For The Development And Appointment Of Sydney Catholic Schools’ Leaders, Maria Maher

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This thesis explores the future of leadership in Sydney’s Catholic schools to clarify teachers’ and leaders’ understanding of leadership in the context of their experience in Catholic primary schools. A review of leadership literature describes and critically assesses contemporary definitions and practices in educational leadership and determines their effectiveness in developing identification practices and leadership-formation structures and programs for use by Catholic Education Offices throughout Australia. A multiple case design is employed to gain insight into current leadership practices in Catholic primary schools in the Inner West region of Sydney. To facilitate this, Catholic school leaders and teachers were ...


Enlightening Science: Addressing The Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Aspects Of Science Learning, Munirah Shaik Kadir Jan 2018

Enlightening Science: Addressing The Cognitive And Non-Cognitive Aspects Of Science Learning, Munirah Shaik Kadir

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Physical science (or physics) is known to be one of the least popular school curriculum domains, mainly because of its complexity. When students encounter seemingly insurmountable difficulties when learning something, they lose the motivation to continue. It has been suggested that both the cognitive (e.g., students’ conceptual understanding and achievement) and non-cognitive (e.g., psychological aspects such as academic self-concept and motivation) factors of learning are essential for helping students achieve their optimal best in a curriculum domain. However, there has not been much research, if any, which uses a dual approach to investigate both aspects of science learning ...


The Influence Of On-Site Professional Development On Teacher Practice, Catherine Margaret Forrester Jan 2018

The Influence Of On-Site Professional Development On Teacher Practice, Catherine Margaret Forrester

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The purpose of this research was to explore how on-site professional development (PD) addresses the goal of improved teacher practice. It was conducted within the context of a national educational reform in Australia. This reform, implemented from 2009 to 2012/13, was a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) with the Commonwealth Government that included the Smarter Schools National Partnerships (SSNP).

This research was a multi-site case study of five Catholic primary schools that implemented on-site PD for four years as part of a system response to a reform agenda. Learning on-site was a change in practice for teachers that involved the ...