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Teacher Developmen in Cuba: An analysis of two strategies
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to describe two strategies of professional teacher development in Cuba and analyse how they affect the professional growth of the teachers. The strategies investigated are methodological work sessions and further education at the university. Eight upper-secondary school teachers were interviewed and it was analysed how their professional growth was affected by the Cuban professional development strategies. The model utilized was the interconnected model of professional growth (Clarke & Hollingsworth, 2002).The results show that, four of the eight interviewed teachers experienced change sequences and growth networks as a consequence of participating in the two investigated strategies. The methodological work sessions promote a collaborative approach among the teachers to developing the education in their school. Further education in the university, on the other hand, encourages the teachers to reflect individually on practical school-related problems. The results indicate that the organization of the work both the professional development strategies provided acted as an incentive for the interviewed teachers’ development.

Abstract [sv]

Målet med den här studien är att beskriva två lärarutvecklingsstrategier i Kuba och analysera hur de påverkar lärarnas professionella utveckling. De undersökta strategierna är metodologiska arbetsmöten och vidareutbildning vid universitet. Åtta gymnasielärare intervjuades och det analyserades hur deras professionella utveckling påverkats av de kubanska lärarutvecklingsstrategierna. Modellen som använts är the interconnected model of professional growth (Clarke & Hollingsworth, 2002).Resultaten visar att de metodologiska arbetsmötena uppmuntrar lärarna att arbeta kollektivt med att utveckla utbildningen i sin skola. Universitetsvidareutbildning, vad andra sidan, främjar individuell reflektion över praktiska skolrelaterade problem. Resultatet indikerar att den organisation av arbetet som båda lärarutvecklingsstrategierna medför stimulerar lärarna att utvecklas.

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Keyword [en]
Interconnected model of professional growth; professional development; Teacher development; Teacher professional development; further education; Continuing education; Cuba; methodological work; Methodology; Trabajo metodológico; University courses; Cooperative work; Collaborative work; Collaboration; Cooperation; Teacher effectiveness
Keyword [sv]
Interconnected model of professional growth; vidarutbildning: professionell utveckling; lärarutveckling; Kuba; metodologiskt arbete; metodologi; universitetskurser; samarbete; lärareffektivitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127273OAI: diva2:643823
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Technology and Learning
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Engineering and of Education
Available from: 2013-08-28 Created: 2013-08-28 Last updated: 2013-08-28Bibliographically approved

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