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The impact of a professional development training on primary school teacher's knowledge, attitude and behavioral intention towards teaching higher-order thinking skills.

Wegerif, E. (2019) The impact of a professional development training on primary school teacher's knowledge, attitude and behavioral intention towards teaching higher-order thinking skills.

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Abstract:As the pace of developments in society is accelerating, jobs in the field of education become more challenging. The present study evaluates the impact of a newly developed two-day professional development training on primary school teachers’ knowledge, attitude and behavioral intention towards teaching higher-order thinking skills. The study entails a quasi-experimental pretest posttest control group design using questionnaires at two points in time. Results show that the training had a positive effect on the development of metacognitive knowledge. In addition, as a result of the training, positive effects were found for teachers’ self-efficacy. Though the timespan of the study was relatively short, hopeful results are found and valued as promising for future research on professional development in stimulating higher-order thinking. The main practical contribution of the study is the promotional video on teacher professional development training in teaching higher-order thinking skills. The video contributes to awareness and acknowledgement of valuable professional development programs in the field of teacher learning, which is needed to prepare young individuals for challenging daily and future lives
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77485
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