Title: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of Teachers-Educators via Conference Attendance
Stream: Professional Training, Development & Concerns in Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Nurit Chamo, Levinsky College of Education, Israel
Dorit Patkin, Levinsky College of Education, Israel
This study deals with the phenomenon of continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers- educators as researchers. Although Consensus is growing about the importance of research skills in the overall professional identity of teachers- educators, not much is known about how those skills are developed and supported. Moreover, this perspective is viewed mainly in conducting research and publishing articles and less with the focus of the current study on conferences attendance. The covid-19 pandemic created conditions for virtual conferences, facilitating a broad participation of researchers. This qualitative research is aiming for an in-depth exploration of the meaning conferences attendance has for teacher-educators in their CPD as researchers. It was conducted by a qualitative-phenomenological paradigm. This approach focuses on the understanding of unique phenomena according to the perspective and perceptions of those involved, here of seven teacher-educators in one college of education. This research method allows shedding light on the investigated phenomenon and explore what can be learned about the continuing professional development of teachers- educators as researchers. Findings show, participants created collaborations with colleagues, broadened perspectives from local to global and most importantly support feelings of professional resilience. Findings suggest that intensive participation in conferences, especially in time of crises addressed their ability to cope with the demand of CPD nevertheless reality changed and demonstrated "positive adaption" in the way they benefited the new conference attendance conditions. Therefore, they enhanced their sense of competence regarding their functioning as researchers.
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