Professional commitment and continuous professional development: A closer look at Degree College Teachers of Punjab
Dr. Prabha VIG, Ekta
Professional commitment improves the quality of learning of teachers’ and along with it their performance if they continuously update their professional knowledge. This means teachers’ participation in continuous professional development activities depends on commitment which influences his attention and engagement. Research conducted by Jansen and Vries (2013); propagated that continuous professional development of teachers’ is influenced by gender and is related its role and responsibilities. These ideas were also professed by Svendsen (2016); who witnessed that teachers’ participation in professional development programs get affected by ways of thinking and teaching practices by changing their attitude towards collaboration. To explore more in this direction the undertaken study was conducted to determine the causal link between professional commitment and continuous professional development and to observe the notion of gender introduced by dynamic perspective ofboth these dimensions to undermine their effect. A scale prepared by Kaur and Ranu (2012) onProfessional Commitment and a selfprepared questionnaire on Continuous Professional Development was administrated to a sample of 400 degree college teachers working in government and private degree colleges of Punjab. Cluster analysis for the study led to contribute that; a) private degree college teachers have high score for Continuous professional development and professional commitment. It indicates that private college teachers’ shows high intention to perform and assume teaching - learning duties in a better way when compared with government degree college teachers.