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Voices from the deck: Lecturers’ and middle managers’ perceptions of effective FE sector professional development

Goldhawk, Andy; Waller, Richard

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Authors

Andy Goldhawk

Richard Waller Richard.Waller@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Education and Social Justice



Abstract

This article discusses the findings of research into further education (FE) lecturers' and middle managers’ perceptions of what constitutes effective professional development. This focus addresses an area of paucity in the literature that requires attention in this historically under-funded, yet evermore burdened, education sector which can ill afford to divert scarce resources to forms of professional development that do not result in salient learning, and consequential improved student outcomes. Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews revealed that effective professional development is perceived to involve: the participation of lecturers in determining the focus of their own professional learning; opportunities for reflection; active learning and an element of fun; and learning within communities of practice.

Citation

Goldhawk, A., & Waller, R. (2023). Voices from the deck: Lecturers’ and middle managers’ perceptions of effective FE sector professional development. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 28(3), 485-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2023.2221121

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 3, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 11, 2023
Publication Date Sep 30, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2023
Journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education
Print ISSN 1359-6748
Electronic ISSN 1747-5112
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 485-504
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2023.2221121
Keywords Education
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/11017525

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