High Quality Professional Development:
Vicki R. Lind
An Investigation of the Supports for and Barriers to
Professional Development in Arts Education
University of California, Los Angeles
Citation: Lind, Vicki. (2007). High quality professional development: An investigation of
the supports for and barriers to professional development in arts education. International
Journal of Education & the Arts, 8(2) . Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v8n2/.
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This study focused on a model of professional development designed to support
and encourage arts educators to increase their understanding of student learning in
the arts, broaden their knowledge of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards,
build upon their repertoire of teaching methods and assessment strategies, and
improve leadership skills. Data included 300 hours of observation, focus group
and individual interviews, written responses to reflective prompts, unit plans,
video and audio tapes, and samples of student work collected over a two year
period. Findings indicated that working collaboratively, focusing on student
learning, and identifying and planning curriculum around issues central to the
discipline positively impacted teachers work. The issue of time constraints was
consistently identified as a barrier to professional growth.