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Managing school-based professional development activities

Eric C.K. Cheng (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




The purpose of this paper is to present a model to assist school leaders in managing the professional development activities of teachers. The model illustrates the important role of principals in promoting continuing professional development (CPD), chiefly by cultivating a collaborative learning culture and formulating policy.


This study tested a framework based on the input of 103 CPD coordinators in Hong Kong, who participated in a quasi-experimental design questionnaire survey. Factor analysis and reliability tests were applied to verify the constructed validity and reliability of a self-developed instrument. A Structural Equation Model (SEM) was then applied to confirm the model.


The result of the SEM shows that principal support has a predictive effect on CPD policy and a collaborative learning culture, while the effectiveness of a CPD plan is predicted by collaborative culture and management strategy.


This study contributes theoretically to existing literature and practically to school leaders, by supplying a model for managing teacher CPD.



Cheng, E.C.K. (2017), "Managing school-based professional development activities", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 445-454.



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