Learning for teaching: educational and professional development for university teachers. An innovative project proposed by the University of Padova
This paper presents PRODID (PReparazione alla prOfessionalità Docente e Innovazione Didattica), a two-year research project started by University
of Padova, which aims at developing strategies to support academic teachers to enhance their teaching and learning competences. According to the literature and previous researches on teacher conceptions of teaching (Gow, Kember, 1993; Kember, 1998; Samuelowicz, Bain, 200; Trigwell et al., 1994), PRODID will reach its goal through a mix-methods preliminary local analysis
of teachers’ practices, beliefs and needs as well as of students’ opinion of teaching activities. In the second phase, the project will deliver training sessions
for the professional development of new teachers to enhance their pedagogical competences as well as training for a pool of senior university experts (Learning Teaching Designers) with a role of mentoring, coaching and scaffolding in designing and implementing courses. Training effects will be measured during the whole implementation (Postareff et al., 2007). The final aim of the project, pioneer in the Italian context, is to build an academic Teaching and Learning
Centre. The Research Group will develop project activities through 4 specific research units, with a multisciplinary approach, and continuous supervision
by an external Scientific Committee of experts.
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