Editorial/Opinion

It’s all about learning and growth

Graham Handscomb argues that effective professional development has to have learning at its core.

Training, development or learning?

What’s in a name? Over the years a variety of terms have been used when referring to the ongoing development of those involved in the teaching enterprise.  In-service training was often used to provide a distinction from initial teacher training. The once ubiquitous term continuing professional development (CPD) then gained considerable popularity and traction. It could be seen to embrace not just teachers but also other adults who work with children, and was a concept used in other professions as well.  Above all it was seen as a powerful expression because it signalled an on-going process that was a fundamental feature of what it was to be a professional – someone who took seriously and invested in keeping up to date and in improving their practice.

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