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Following a session of teacher training I recently facilitated in my local context, I couldn't help but ponder (for what feels like the upteenth time) the differences and interactions between the notions of teacher training and teacher development.
In the end, what I did discover is the value of blogging when it comes to thinking about what we do and why. This post from a little over two years ago, when I was still entrenched in a TEFL mode of thinking, still pretty much sums up my feelings about teacher training and development and applies just as well in my new teaching context (vocational and further education) as any previous ones.
What now has my reflective teaching gears grinding away is where educational technology issues fit in. Given it is as much a mode as a (facilitator of) method, contemplating teacher training, program development and teacher development does indeed appear to raise a rather unique set of challenges.
Or does it?