March 18, 2009
Drs. Tamara Halle and Kathryn Tout presented a review of the professional development literature entitled, “Towards the identification of features of effective professional development for early childhood educators”. They discussed which features of professional development have found to be effective and where there are still gaps in our knowledge of not only effective content, but also process and strategies of effective professional development.
Dr. Sue Sheridan presented findings from studies that will be included in a June, 2009 special issue of the Early Education and Development journal focused on professional development. Dr. Sheridan focused on the need for more process research, including research that can inform the early childhood education field on how to bolster teachers’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Issues associated with participant characteristics, relationships, and sustainability were discussed, as well as recent empirical studies that addressed these issues.
You may watch and listen to the entire call at the WebEx website. The call is 87 minutes.