HOW DO GREEK-CYPRIOT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS PERCEIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

Nicolaou, Lefki (2010) HOW DO GREEK-CYPRIOT PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS PERCEIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT? [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Cypriot Ministry of Education acknowledges the importance of professional development and offers a number of activities in order to continue qualifying teachers. However, the activities offered are limited and are mainly traditional. There is a need to understand the degree to which reforming professional development activities can be successfully introduced into the Cypriot Educational context. Studying teachers‟ perceptions about professional development helps to understand which their needs are, how these needs can be met, and which the potentials to introduce more effective activities are.

The study explored teachers‟ perceptions about professional development, brought by a number of Cypriot teachers and headteachers who work in an urban area of Nicosia. Data was gathered through a survey by collecting questionnaires from 123 participants, and through interviews with 6 teachers and 3 headteachers. Combining the quantitative and qualitative approach seemed appropriate for this small-scale research since the quantitative data provided a general image about teachers‟ participation in current professional development, while the qualitative data provided a deeper understanding of participants‟ experiences.

The findings showed that teachers tend to participate in in-service training. Though, these activities do not satisfy teachers‟ needs. So, they engage in colleague collaboration and personal study which are more influential for them. Headteachers do no play any role in promoting teachers‟ professional development. The findings show that there are potentials for introducing new activities for professional development but there are some factors which need to be taken into account first.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 12:13
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 05:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/25524

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