Monday, January 16, 2006

Lifelong Learning: A Stratagem for New Teachers

Lifelong Learning: A Stratagem for New Teachers. This article is by Valeri R. Helterbran. It appeared in Academic Exchange Quarterly (Winter 2005), Volume 9, Issue 4.

The author postulates that new teachers are in need of lifelong learning and professional development opportunities. However, the schools are bad at providing this and the teacher will need to take responsibility for their own professional development.

This is probably true for librarians as well. Some libraries are better than others at staff development but ultimately it is up to each librarian to keep learning and advancing professional skills.

From the abstract:

Educators have not fully defined the role of utilizing lifelong learning as a guiding principle. Furthermore, district-provided professional development is often deemed so inadequate that new teachers enter a profession where they, by necessity, must create their own professional growth opportunities. Novices are encouraged to examine their own lifelong learning quotient, initiate a dialog on the tenets of lifelong learning, and set a plan of action so that attitudes and skills associated with lifelong learning are furthered in themselves and inculcated in their students.

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