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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2741

Title: The other side of the equation: professional development and the organizational capacity of teacher unions
Authors: Bascia, Nina
Keywords: learning work relationships
informal self-directed learning
formal education
paid employment
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT
Series/Report no.: NALL Working Paper;27
Abstract: This paper describes three different types of nonformal and informal professional development provided by teachers' organizations. It identifies strategies for improving the "fit" between available professional development and teachers' occupational needs. Rather than recommending a single "best" professional development strategy, the paper emphasizes sociological and organizational factors germane to teachers' organizations themselves - that is, it considers teachers' organizations' role in teacher socialization, the demographics of teacher organization participation, and internal structure features. These factors suggest that teachers' organizations must look within at a variety of organizational issues, and consider a wide variety of organizational strategies simultaneously. The paper draws from conceptual and empirical research on national, state/provincial and local teacher union reform activities, on teachers' perceptions of their organizations, and on teacher involvement with their organizations over the past decade.
URI: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/27otherside.pdf
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