Professional development

Professional development

This section of the Clearinghouse outlines empirical evidence that evaluates professional development. There is ample evidence that evaluates the impact of professional development on teacher knowledge, teaching practice and teacher satisfaction, however far fewer examine the impact of professional development on student outcomes. An introduction to the evidence that is available can be found below.

Fact sheet


This professional development fact sheet (PDF, 85K) provides a summary of the full literature review on the elements of effective professional learning.

Literature review


Download the professional development literature review (PDF, 715K).

Key research articles


Summaries of key research articles that were used to write the literature review - each rated using the evidence hierarchy. 

Professional teaching standards



 Have a look at the professional teaching standards related to engaging in professional learning.