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MSP-Motivation Assessment Program II: Teacher Motivation in Professional Development

Teacher professional development (PD) is an essential feature of instructional interventions in general, and for the improvement of students’ math and science learning and achievement in particular. The more motivated teachers are to participate and engage in PD, the more likely they will profit from the experience and enact the approaches, content and skills that PD promotes, increasing the likelihood of desirable student outcomes. Informed by theory and empirical evidence from work on student and teacher motivation, and informed by a model of teacher motivation to participate in PD (PD-M), a national study of teachers (N = 552) was conducted that examined PD-M, teachers’ experiences in and rated benefit of PD, and how these were associated with PD characteristics, teacher and contextual factors.