ERIC Number: ED416241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
International Comparisons of Inservice Professional Development. Working Paper Series.
Gilford, Dorothy M.
This report recommends items from international comparative education studies that are related to inservice professional development (IPD) for possible inclusion in the Schools and Staffing Survey of 1999-2000. To justify these recommendations, the value of international comparisons and of state and nation comparisons generally is discussed, along with a more specific discussion of their value with respect to IPD. This discussion is followed by sections on three relatively recent international comparative studies sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement that have collected data on IPD and such related topics as school organization and environment: (1) the Reading Literacy Study; (2) the Computers in Education Study; and (3) the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Each of these sections describes the study, discusses the IPD-related items, and a few items that are not IPD-related but that are still recommended for the SASS. These sections also describe potential analyses using the recommended items and discuss items that are in both the international study and past versions of the SASS that could be used in a report on states and nations. A summary follows the sections on the three studies. It discusses benefits and disadvantages of using items from each survey in general terms, including depth of questions related to IPD, timeliness of data, and the number of participating countries. It also sets priorities on these items and provides a rationale for the priorities. A final section describes several of the rich sources of context data that have become available during the past 2 years. Five appendixes describe countries participating in the studies and provide descriptions of the three studies and components of the TIMSS. (Contains 9 tables and 12 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Data Collection, Inservice Teacher Education, International Education, International Studies, Literacy, Professional Development, Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Test Construction
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5654.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES); Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study