Professional Development in Education is a fully refereed international journal that publishes original contributions on the subject of continuing professional learning and development (PLD) in its widest sense, including: initial preparation as it affects induction; mentoring and coaching; professional learning; management and leadership of PLD; the analysis of local, regional and national policies relating to PLD; and the work of Higher Education and other agencies in supporting and promoting PLD. Contributions comprise scholarly discussion of related concepts and theories, emerging issues, empirical research, and contribution to the debate on continuing professional learning and development. Although the main focus of articles in the journal is likely to be teacher education, we welcome contributions which discuss the policy and practice of PLD in other professions where the focus of the article is professional learning and development.
The Professional Development in Education Best Paper Award acknowledges and celebrates well-written papers that make a significant contribution to their field. The 2017 award will be presented to the author(s) at the IPDA annual conference. For consideration for the award, the paper must have a strong focus on issues associated with professional learning and/or development.
The prize shall be £100. In the event that there are multiple authors, the cash prize shall be divided equally among all authors. Additionally, the winning author(s) will be invited to submit their paper to the journal for review and consideration for publication.
The PDiE best paper award at the 2016 IPDA conference has been made to Professor Linda Evans, University of Manchester, for ‘Implicit’ and informal professional development: what it ‘looks like’, how it occurs, and why we need to research it.
The papers shall be evaluated using the following criteria: