ERIC Number: ED365709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Louisiana Teacher Assessment Program for Interns: Use of the Focus Group Approach.
Roberts, Sharon Pol; Teddlie, Charles
The Louisiana Intern Teacher Assessment Program, part of the Louisiana Teacher Appraisal System, began with a preliminary field test, followed by a pilot test and implementation in 1993-94. Evaluation of the preliminary field test was conducted through responses of 223 assessors, intern teachers, principals, and assessor trainers to nine different questionnaires and responses in focus group interviews. The analysis and results of the focus groups interviews (conducted with 74 assessors, intern teachers, principals, and trainers in 10 groups) form the basis of this study. In all, evaluators collected 15 hours of audiotaped proceedings from the focus groups. Focus group participants offered solutions to the problems they perceived with the field test and with the research methodology. In general, participants felt that the system of appraisal had merit, although there were concerns about the rating scales used and assessor training. One table describes the focus groups. (Contains 5 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluators, Field Studies, Internship Programs, Interviews, Pilot Projects, Principals, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Teacher Evaluation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Louisiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Louisiana Evaluators (New Orleans, LA, September 30, 1993).