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International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2017)

This communication aims to contribute to the debate concerning the impact of the continuing education on the development of teachers’ professional skills and on improvement of their teaching practices.

Measuring and understanding the impact of continuing education on the development of teachers’ skills is essential for improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching. The impact of continuing teacher education on their teaching practices, in the school organization, and in improving student learning is not well known in detail in Portugal. This situation stems essentially from the observation that assessment of the impacts of the continuing education on teachers’ practices is rarely carried out in a systematic way.

In fact, the evaluation usually carried out in the Centres for Continuing Teacher Education is almost always based on the evaluation of teachers’ satisfaction concerning training contents and methodologies, trainer’ performance and the functioning of the Centre of Training, without considering the training impact on the student´s learning. Therefore, how formal continuing education contributes to improving teacher’s performance and, consequently, to the improvement of student’s learning is not well known and the return of the public investment made in the development of teachers’ skills is not well known as well.

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