A collaborative mode of professional development for teachers of special schools in Hong Kong

Fuk Chuen HO, Rita Hay Lun MANSUKHANI AU

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Abstract

The aim of the programme was to deliver a field-based mode of training for teachers in special schools and to set up a school cluster system for teachers to have a platform for an interactive exchange of ideas, resources, services, and expertise among different schools that mutually addressed the needs of children with special needs. During the training period, lectures, observation of demonstrations and cross-site visitations were held. From 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009, a number of 12 school clusters were organized. Members in a school cluster included lecturers from the institute of education, specialist professionals of the supporting schools and teachers of participating schools. A total of four insittute lecturers and 26 school teachers participated in this programme as trainers. The number of trainees was 101. The responses from participants of supporting and participating schools were very positive. They believed that this mode could enhance the application of new teaching techniques into their own classroom or school settings. Copyright © 2010 The Special Education Society of Hong Kong Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-48
JournalHong Kong Special Education Forum
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Citation

Ho, F.-C., & Mansukhani-Au, R. H.-l. (2010). A collaborative mode of professional development for teachers of special schools in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Special Education Forum, 12, 37-48.

Keywords

  • Professional development
  • Field-based training
  • Special schools

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