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What Types of Challenges are Teachers Facing with 21st Century Professional Development?

Beamish, Emma (2019) What Types of Challenges are Teachers Facing with 21st Century Professional Development? Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify the challenges facing teachers in their professional development across the primary, post-primary and tertiary educational sectors. Through the literature six main areas of investigation were identified: motivation, 21st century competencies, peer coaching, knowledge-sharing, professional learning communities and measurement/ assessment.

The data was collected through 12 semi-structured interviews with teachers across the three sectors. A thematic analysis of the data was conducted. A number of themes were extracted, for example: environment, systems, culture and time. The findings of the study are discussed through interpretation of teacher’s experiences.

The results identified challenges around individualistic work cultures, lack of purposeful systems of measurement, trust and fear issues, all of which were underpinned by time constraints. It was observed that there were more organisational structures at tertiary level. There was more commonality between primary and post-primary sectors. Despite the differences all three sectors have common challenges, such as effective knowledge-sharing and timely measurement to inform effective 21st century professional development.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching Personnel
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching Personnel > Primary School Teachers
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching Personnel > Secondary School Teachers
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 14:12
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 14:12
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3929

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