ERIC Number: ED418985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Measures of Inservice Professional Development: Suggested Items for the 1998-1999 Schools and Staffing Survey. Working Paper Series.
Gilford, Dorothy M.
As the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) considers the redesign of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), it is appropriate to consider the information about inservice professional development (IPD) that would be suitable for inclusion in the SASS. Part I of this paper considers the various definitions of IPD and its evaluation, reflected in the many types of IPD programs encompassed. When considering the design of SASS items, it is noted that the large number of types of IPD programs calls for a framework to organize information collection and compilation. Because data from the 1998-99 SASS will become available in the year 2000, national and state reform initiatives that focus on that year are discussed. A set of reform oriented approaches for IPD is presented, as are some characteristics of effective programs. Part I then considers the principles of high-quality IPD programs and uses these principles to develop a number of items related to quality. The final section of Part I addresses several data needs for the Year 2000 Education Goals report. A summary recaps the 12 items suggested to measure IPD for the SASS. Part II discusses the value of international comparisons of IPD generally, with particular attention to the use of computers and advanced telecommunications equipment. It is also suggested that the SASS include some items from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Computers in Education Study (CompEd). (Contains 48 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, International Education, International Studies, Measurement Techniques, National Surveys, Professional Development, Research Design, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Improvement
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 20208-5652.
Publication Type: 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)