The Continuing Education of Teachers: In-Service Training and Workshops

  • Robert V. BulloughJr.
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 21)

The diversity and range of the opportunities teachers have for learning make writing meaningfully about inservice teacher education difficult. Teachers learn from many activities, formal and informal. They learn from practice itself when stopping to consider a struggling student's response to a homework question, conversations in the hallways and lunchrooms with other teachers, observing in a peer's classroom, results from a supervisor or mentor's visit, reading, attending conferences, district workshops, university courses, and in all sorts of other often unanticipated ways. Each of these activities may refresh a teacher's commitment to teaching and expand their understanding of the work of teaching, or they may not. Little wonder some scholars find reason to complain about reliance on an “incoherent and cobbled-together nonsystem [of] inservice [education for teachers]” (Wilson & Berne, 1999, p. 174).


Professional Development Teacher Education Student Learning Teacher Learning American Educational Research Association 
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  • Robert V. BulloughJr.
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  1. 1.Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and SchoolingBrigham Young UniversityProvo

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