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Teachers' professional development : the potential of teacher collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) schools

Jasja Valckx (UGent) , Laura Thomas (UGent) and Ruben Vanderlinde (UGent)
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This chapter discusses teachers’ professional development (PD) in Flanders (Belgium). The chapter starts with a brief overview of the culture and context of the Flemish education system. Next, the PD culture in Flanders is reviewed, followed by a short discussion of the main critiques of Flemish PD based on current (inter)national PD research. Derived from this cutting-edge literature, two recent innovative projects related to PD are introduced. One focusing on informal professional networks and one detailing professional learning communities. Both projects focus on one of the main critiques of PD in Flanders, namely the lack of collaborative PD initiatives. Finally, some closing remarks – focused on the COVID-19 pandemic – are outlined.

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Valckx, Jasja, et al. “Teachers’ Professional Development : The Potential of Teacher Collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) Schools.” Innovation in Teacher Professional Learning in Europe : Research, Policy and Practice, edited by Ken Jones et al., Routledge, 2023, pp. 147–59, doi:10.4324/9781003322610-12.
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Valckx, J., Thomas, L., & Vanderlinde, R. (2023). Teachers’ professional development : the potential of teacher collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) schools. In K. Jones, G. Ostinelli, & A. Crescentini (Eds.), Innovation in teacher professional learning in Europe : research, policy and practice (pp. 147–159). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003322610-12
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Valckx, Jasja, Laura Thomas, and Ruben Vanderlinde. 2023. “Teachers’ Professional Development : The Potential of Teacher Collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) Schools.” In Innovation in Teacher Professional Learning in Europe : Research, Policy and Practice, edited by Ken Jones, Giorgio Ostinelli, and Alberto Crescentini, 147–59. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003322610-12.
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Valckx, Jasja, Laura Thomas, and Ruben Vanderlinde. 2023. “Teachers’ Professional Development : The Potential of Teacher Collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) Schools.” In Innovation in Teacher Professional Learning in Europe : Research, Policy and Practice, ed by. Ken Jones, Giorgio Ostinelli, and Alberto Crescentini, 147–159. Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003322610-12.
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Valckx J, Thomas L, Vanderlinde R. Teachers’ professional development : the potential of teacher collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) schools. In: Jones K, Ostinelli G, Crescentini A, editors. Innovation in teacher professional learning in Europe : research, policy and practice. Routledge; 2023. p. 147–59.
IEEE
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J. Valckx, L. Thomas, and R. Vanderlinde, “Teachers’ professional development : the potential of teacher collaboration in Flemish (Belgian) schools,” in Innovation in teacher professional learning in Europe : research, policy and practice, K. Jones, G. Ostinelli, and A. Crescentini, Eds. Routledge, 2023, pp. 147–159.
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