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The challenge of change: The impact of a professional development initiative for TAFE lecturers

Saunders, R.ORCID: 0000-0002-2107-7934 (2008) The challenge of change: The impact of a professional development initiative for TAFE lecturers. In: 23rd Annual Research Forum. WAIER 2008, 7 August 2008, Perth, WA


The professional development of teachers is increasingly viewed as an integral part of improving teacher quality and effectiveness.

Models of professional development are wide and varied and much debate surrounds the power of different models in terms of transforming individual practice and ultimately having a positive impact on student learning. Designing and implementing teacher professional development programs based on research and theory is often a complex and demanding process but measuring the impact of such programs can present even greater challenges.

This paper will outline a mixed methods approach taken to examine the impact of a four year systemic change professional development initiative, designed to extend the instructional practices of forty TAFEWA lecturers. The methods were adopted in an attempt to recognise and examine the complex nature of the change process as a personal, emotional, behavioural, systemic and dynamic process which occurs over a period of time.

The paper will focus on

the research context
the research design - outlining research methodology which includes the use of
the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM) instrumentation - Levels of Use (LoU) and Stages of Concern (SoC)
in-depth interviews examined by means of narrative analysis,
classroom observations
reflective interviews
initial results from stage one of data collection will also be shared.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
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