Professional Education Development in the Context of Tobago: Teachers' Concerns With Change

Show simple item record Barrow, Dorian A. 2011-10-11T16:33:21Z 2011-10-11T16:33:21Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Barrow, D. A. (2011). Professional education development in the context of Tobago: Teachers' concerns with change. Caribbean Curriculum, 18, 43-67 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.description.abstract Teacher professional development has been one of the main avenues through which Caribbean nation states have sought to reform and modernize their education systems. Several models have been adopted over the past four decades in response to the varying development trajectories and resources of the individual nation states, with varying degrees of success. This study reports on a teacher professional development innovation project in Tobago, one of the two islands making up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, from the perspective of a small group of secondary school teachers who participated in the project. Data about the teachers' concerns with the innovation were collected using a Stages of Concerns Questionnaire, and the data were analysed using the Concerns Based Adoption Model framework. The study found that the teachers who participated had low-level Personal Stage 2 concerns with the innovation, that is, they were typical nonusers of the innovation. This suggests that the majority of the teachers who participated in the professional development innovation would not use what they had learned in their classrooms once the period of training had been completed. This has implications for school improvement reforms since the assumption of most of these reforms is that teachers will embrace the new competencies and utilize them to improve the teaching and learning processes in their classrooms. The recommendation is that every effort should be made to mitigate against teachers' personal concerns, or at least to minimize them, to ensure that in-service secondary school teachers approach these professional development innovations more objectively, and by so doing increase the likelihood of them embracing these innovations in the ways that were intended en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Secondary school teachers en_US
dc.subject Teacher attitudes en_US
dc.subject Educational innovations en_US
dc.subject Professional development en_US
dc.subject Tobago en_US
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.title Professional Education Development in the Context of Tobago: Teachers' Concerns With Change en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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