Current trends, tensions and unresolved issues in research on teacher professional learning

Karen Koellner, Jennifer Jacobs, Hilda Borko, Nanette Seago

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This article focuses on current trends, tensions and unresolved issues related to teacher professional learning during a time of considerable change around the world. Rather than write an exhaustive literature review we identified four topics that have played a critical role in the field over the past decade. This article reviews literature on the following topics: (1) practice-based professional development; (2) online professional learning; (3) facilitation of professional development, and (4) PD focused on supporting diverse learners. Within each topic we highlight active areas of investigation and selected research findings, and conclude each section with questions yet to be answered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Equity focused professional development
  • Facilitation in professional development
  • Online professional development
  • Online teacher learning
  • Practiced-based professional development
  • Professional development
  • Teacher leader learning
  • Teacher learning
  • Teacher professional development
  • Trends in professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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