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ERIC Number: ED406146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 32
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Assessing the Impact of an Urban Systemic Professional Development Program on Classroom Practice.
Stein, Mary; And Others
The challenges faced by urban schools as they aspire to reform science education are immense. Under the auspices of the National Science Foundation through the Urban Systemic Initiative, teachers and administrators throughout the Detroit (Michigan) Public School system have been deeply involved in a wide array of professional development activities. Although there are many components to the Detroit Urban Systemic Initiative (DUSI), the infusion of extensive professional development opportunities holds great promise to make an impact on positive classroom practice. Systemic Evaluation of the DUSI is multifaceted and targets a variety of outcomes. This study focused on the impact of DUSI professional development activities on actual classroom practice. Data were collected using a variety of methods, including staff development observations, student and teacher surveys, school team case studies, and reports from teacher and administrator focus groups. Evaluation of professional development activities revealed that the overall program was of high quality and tightly aligned with constructivist teaching and learning practices. Results indicated that teachers reported a significant increase in implementing constructivist teaching and learning practices that can be attributed to involvement in DUSI professional development activities. Contains 40 references. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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