ERIC Number: ED403459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Using Qualitative Research To Define Statewide Professional Personnel Development.
Wichowski, Chester P.; Walker, Thomas J.
The Temple University Center for Vocational Education Professional Personnel Development (PPD), one of three regional centers in Pennsylvania, used qualitative strategies for steering PPD programs. Center personnel found that collecting quantitative data was absolutely necessary to determine whether objectives were being met, but was not always sufficient for making informed judgments. The decision-making process benefitted from the integration of qualitative strategies into the formative and summative evaluations of PPD programs and activities. Three strategies were especially helpful in collecting information and applying it in a formative manner to illuminate work/initiatives in progress. The first strategy was a semi-structured interview technique selected to collect information on the effect a redesigned performance evaluation requirement, used for awarding provisional certification to vocational teachers, was having on intern teachers. The second strategy, a behavioral event interview method, was used to collect information on how a shift in the locus of management (from Temple University to local school district) of a teacher leadership program was affecting teachers and students in the eastern region. The third strategy used a combination of quantitative and qualitative procedures to report findings for the annual evaluation/needs assessment of the center's Professional Development Advisory Committee. (Appendixes contain 18 references and instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Center for Vocational Education Professional Personnel Development.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania