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Dilemmas in Professional Development: A Case-based Approach to Improving Practice

Edited by Tania J. Madfes, Judith H. Shulman


This casebook addresses the quandaries that arise as the professional developer in science and math education interacts with teachers, administrators, scientists, volunteers, and staff.

Each of the eight candid and highly readable cases in this collection provides an opportunity to examine an on-the-job dilemma as it occurs in the real world of teacher development.

Read alone, they offer the vicarious experience of walking in another’s shoes and the opportunity for self-reflection. In group discussion, they are especially powerful, allowing different points of view to be aired and examined. The casebook includes facilitator notes and general guidance for facilitating case discussions.

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Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-914409-00-7
Copyright: 2000
Format: Spiral
Pages: 74
Publisher: WestEd

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Praise for this Resource

  • “Dilemmas and the whole casebook approach to professional development has opened my eyes to a different way of thinking. Now when I work with teachers, I show them how to lead with facts rather than opinions.”

    Mike Kaspar, Project Manager, Council for Environmental Education