ERIC Number: ED370956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Development and Results of a Statewide Assessment of Teachers' and Administrators' Professional Development Needs.
Sumrall, Malenna A.; And Others
The stages of development and reporting of a statewide needs assessment about inservice teacher education that was conducted with educators in Alabama during the 1992-93 school year are described. The first phase was development of a pilot instrument by focus groups. The instrument was tested with 559 workshop participants, and the final instrument incorporated their comments. A two-sided scannable survey was designed, covering demographic information and educator preferences about inservice workshop formats and topics. A statewide response rate of 79 percent was achieved; over 32,000 educators, mainly classroom teachers, responded to the survey. The design of the report was a joint effort of the State Department of Education, a university representative, and staff from the Assessment and Evaluation Laboratory of the University of Alabama. Reports were prepared for system, inservice center, and state levels. Responses gave the state valuable information about the inservice needs of state educators and provided each inservice center with data to use in planning the coming year. Appendix A is the instrument and Appendix B presents result summaries in eight tables. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, College School Cooperation, Demography, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Test Construction, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama; Focus Groups Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).