Team-based professional development interventions in higher education: A systematic review

Inken Gast, Kim Schildkamp, Jan T. van der Veen

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Most professional development activities focus on individual teachers, such as mentoring or the use of portfolios. However, new developments in higher education require teachers to work together in teams more often. Due to these changes, there is a growing need for professional development activities focusing on teams. Therefore, this review study was conducted to provide an overview of what is known about professional development in teams in the context of higher education. A total of 18 articles were reviewed that describe the effects of professional development in teams on teacher attitudes and teacher learning. Furthermore, several factors that can either hinder or support professional development in teams are identified at the individual teacher level, at the team level, and also at the organizational level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-767
JournalReview of educational research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • Professional development
  • Higher education
  • Team teaching
  • Professional community
  • 4TU-CEE


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