Teacher Self-Directed Learning: Further Insights

  • Kathleen Smith
Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 18)


This chapter reiterates the benefits of in-service education opportunities that actively position teachers as self-directed learners. Creating the conditions for such learning is a worthwhile and productive pursuit which requires teachers and facilitators to invest a high level of intellectual engagement as they find ways to think and work differently. The professional knowledge which emerges from the experience should be valued at both a school and sector level. Realizing this type of teacher learning is possible, to do so requires professional learning to be less about the construction of a ‘programme’ and more about conceptualizing a process of learning.

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© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Smith
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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