There are several consensus on how to produce good teachers. Many scientific research are focused on teacher education, or the community that supports local wisdom of providing a good education. Scholars in the Western world have explored ways of good teaching, and many research appear lately from researchers in the Asian region. However, the role of the teacher professional development in producing qualified teachers is still debatable.

The statement was delivered by Prof. Lesley Harbon of the University of Technology Sydney Australia in International Conference on Teacher Education and Professional Development (InCoTEPD) at the Eastparc Hotel (18/5). Further in her presentation entitled ' Teacher Professional Development in Australia and Asia: A Comparative Study, ' Lesley Harbon said that a teacher who recently completes an undergraduate study must follow the required teacher education qualification.
"All the teachers know that many theories about teaching that must be practiced," said Lesley "So teaching profession education is deemed necessary to make the teachers more professional".

There are 4 models to enhance the professionalism of teachers, namely specific objective, bidding model, division of time, and division of audience. Specific objectives include the dissemination of information, and skills training and related studies. Bidding model includes face-to-face, online or a combination of both, and mentoring/coaching. Division of time consists of short-term, long-term or blocking time with or without follow-up. Division of audience includes individual, group, team, group of schools, disciplines and so on.

InCoTEPD was carried out as a series of the 52th anniversary of Yogyakarta State University (YSU) by YSU Rector, Prof. Dr. Rochmat Wahab, M. Pd., MA. The Committee Chairman of InCoTEPD, Suyud, M. Pd said that the conferences was to facilitate academics, researchers and teachers in the field of education policies, science education and continuous professional development to meet and discuss the latest development of teacher education and professional development. The Conference was attended by more than 200 participants comprising teachers, lecturers and education experts from several countries including Indonesia. (dedy)

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