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Is Formal Teacher-Training Useless?


Sean Dikkers, guest blogger for the site Dangerously Irrelevant (, is conducting a 4-part blog post on the 'irrelevancy of teacher training programs'.

"Many studies seek to inform practice by examining experts in a field. In this post, I want to share some of the preliminary findings in the 21st Century Teaching Project (21CTP) - a study of teacher professional development trajectories toward the integration of new media technology."

He further posits this question: "So what does this say to educational leadership? Do we want more 21st century teachers? The most innovative teachers are drawing on experiences and skill sets they developed outside of education."