A Study of the Processes of Teachers’ Professional Development: The Case of an Elementary School Changing from a Charter School to an Experimental Education School
This study tried to understand the characteristics and changes of an elementary school which was transformed from a charter school into an experimental education school. It also explored the key elements that influenced the curriculum development of each stage. Most important of all, it tried to analyze the needs and processes of teachers’ professional development throughout the transformational process. The case school was selected as Pingtung’s charter school due to its “biological diversity curricula” in 2014. The school also won the golden award of teaching excellence in 2016. However, the school team did not stop its growth after receiving the award. Since an experimental school could focus more on customizing curricula for the students and accepting more teaching autonomy, the case school applied for “public management of public management experimental school” in 2016. And then it became a “private management of public management experimental school” in 2018. The teachers’ professional development processes and the key elements of each school stage were worthy of studying. The researchers collected data from interviews with the school principal, the CEO of the foundation, school directors, teachers, volunteers, and students, as well as document analysis and school observations. Afterwards the researchers analyzed teachers’ professional processes of the case school. It was found the curricula of the case school accorded with the principles of the Ministry of Education and the school, and also combined with the ideas of the charter or experimental school. There were key elements which drove the school for its changes during each stage. Teachers’ professional development of the school also focused on different dimensions throughout the transformation. Finally, the researchers proposed suggestions for future references.
|關鍵詞||公辦公營學校、公辦民營學校、教師專業發展、理念學校、實驗教育、public management of public management experimental school、private management of public management experimental school、teachers’professional development、charter school、experimental education|