ERIC Number: ED426981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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A Spiral Plan for Delivery and Evaluation of Continuous Professional Development.
Mack, Paul J.
This paper presents a model that can be used in many settings where there is a need to chart and evaluate continuous professional learning. Every use begins with assessing needs and defining goals for professional growth in context. Vertical movement along a spiral, with continuous support and coaching, indicates expanded capacity and maturation. The spiral models the continuous nature of learning through time and space. Four levels of evaluation of growth are indicated for use by the learner alone, jointly by learner and supervisor, or jointly by all stakeholders. Level 1 checks reaction to the appropriateness of the content and delivery of the just-completed learning opportunity. Level 2 asks what was learned during the learning session. Level 3 determines how behavior has changed as a result of the learning opportunity. Level 4 examines outcomes and results, linking results to the integration of new learning. The learning series begins with the introduction stage. Once started on the learning spiral, learners can move quickly into implementation. At an agreed-upon time after each learning opportunity, a follow-up evaluation is provided by the learning coach. Subsequent formative evaluations represent a joint undertaking of learner and supervisor, where anticipated outcomes are agreed upon. Eventually, a summative evaluation is conducted to examine behavior trends. Following evaluation, there is agreement by all parties that learning is facilitated through an ongoing series of formal, continuous learning opportunities and that growth can be seen as a spiral. (Contains 5 tables and 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Note: "Adapted from the work of Michael Fullan; Donald Kirkpatrick; Art Costa; Bena Kallick."