Advocating for Diverse Professional Development in Physical Education: Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Learning Walks


The aims of professional development can be described as increasing teachers’ content knowledge and refining pedagogical practices in an attempt to enhance student success. However, PD often fails when it comes to sustaining pedagogical changes and improving student learning when only a traditional approach is implemented. Traditional PD approaches have used workshop designs over a one- or two-day period, through in-service activities held at a school or educational site such as a university. This article advocates that PE teachers can benefit from participating in diverse PD via professional learning communities (PLCs) and teacher learning walks.

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