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Document Number: 6330

Characteristics of Public School Teachers' Professional Development Activities: 1999-2000 - This brief examines the prevalence of five features of teacher professional development: (1) a focus on teachers' subject-matter content or the teaching methods they employ; (2) duration in terms of the number of hours of training and the number of weeks or months over which training is provided; (3) an activity format that is integrated into the daily work of teachers rather than removed from the context of direct public school teaching, as in traditional workshops; (4) collective participation of teachers' peers in matters of instruction; and (5) alignment with local standards and other initiatives to change instructional practices, as well as teachers' own professional goals. Findings are disaggregated by a number of characteristics, including years of teaching experience and grade level taught. (Marion Scotchmer, Daniel J. McGrath and Ellinor Coder, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2005)...


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