Rod Bolitho is Academic Director at Norwich Institute for Language Education where he is also Leader of the MA programme in Professional Development for Language Education. He has been involved in teacher training for over 35 years and in Trainer Training and international consultancy work since the 1980s. During this time he has contributed to British Council projects in many countries and was for several years lead consultant to the New Millennium English Secondary Textbook project in the Russian Federation. Currently he is working with Russian university teachers on a textbook in English for Academics, and is also busy with projects in Romania (materials development in the vocational sector), Uzbekistan (a ‘root and branch’ reform of the undergraduate curriculum for the training of English teachers) as well as a curriculum renewal initiative at the National Centre for Foreign Languages in Luxemburg. Recent books include (with Tony Wright), ‘Trainer Development’ (available from http://www.lulu.com/content/554846) and (with Amol Padwad) ‘Continuing Professional Development: Lessons from India’ (New Delhi: British Council)
Topic: The Dimensions of Continuing Professional Development
In many contexts, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers is still regarded as more or less synonymous with In-Service Training (INSET). The concept of ‘development’ is also consistently misinterpreted, especially by educational authorities. In this talk I will offer a much more comprehensive view of what constitutes CPD, and will outline the benefits such a perspective can offer to individual teachers, institutions and professional networks. I will establish connections between CPD and reform, the management and implementation of change, with thinking skills and reflective practice. I will also engage the audience in some reflective tasks and will suggest some ways of making CPD work in practical terms, including advice for individuals, educational managers and policy makers.
Video recording of the plenary session
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You can download Rod’s presentation “The Dimensions of Continuing Professional Development” below