Methods of the Systematic Literature Review

  • Claudia Krille
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The chapter describes the methodological approach realized for identifying relevant literature to the research questions raised in Chap.  1. (What are teachers’ self-reported reasons for choosing and participating in a (certain) PD program? What barriers do teachers report with regard to their participation in PD programs? What variables are associated with teachers’ PD behavior?). As important previously known studies were not contained in the search results of relevant databases (e.g., PSYNDEX, ERIC), Google Scholar was used for the initial search. This also enabled a search for different kinds of publications and a broad basis of studies. The results were first examined based on the titles and abstracts (if applicable). The remaining studies were screened in more detail based on the full text. In addition, snowballing as well as analyses of content tables were conducted. By applying these steps, a final set of 81 studies was identified as relevant for the literature review. The included studies are described in this chapter with regard to different characteristics, such as publication form, teacher samples, and kind of conducted analyses.


Teacher professional development Training motivation In-service teacher education Systematic literature search Research review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Krille
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  1. 1.Goethe UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany

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