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ERIC Number: ED430022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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"My Learning Curve": Using Visual Rapid Appraisal in the Evaluation of the Extended Practicum in a Teacher Education Program.
Whitehead, LeRoy E.; Munby, Hugh
"My Learning Curve" is a visual rapid appraisal technique that was developed in Canada for exploratory use in one of a series of loosely coupled evaluation studies of a redesigned teacher education plan. It is designed to allow teacher candidates enrolled in the program to depict quickly and visually, rather than verbally, their perceptions of how their rates of professional growth changed over the course of the extended practicum portion of the program. The technique is described and its potential usefulness as an evaluative technique is assessed. "My Learning Curve" is a graph with the number of practicum weeks on the "x" axis. The "y" axis is labeled "learning." Teacher candidates draw lines reflecting their own perceptions of their rates of professional learning. The responses of 31 Canadian teacher candidates in 4 focus groups show that the appraisal technique is effective when used within a focus group setting. The technique appears to have less promise as a stand-alone approach because of difficulties in comparing data. (Contains 3 figures and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada