ERIC Number: ED437357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-17
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The Professional Development School Experience Evaluation.
Gettys, Cynthia M.; Ray, Barbara M.; Rutledge, Valerie C.; Puckett, Kathleen S.; Stepanske, Jeanette B.
This study addressed the use of Professional Development Schools (PDSs) as a component of the teacher preparation program at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. The study measured differences in perceptions of all groups involved in the PDS process. The five groups under study were PDS students, university faculty, and PDS onsite coordinators, classroom teachers, and administrators. Participants completed a survey instrument that asked them to rank curriculum and planning for teaching, roles, university-PDS relationships, and perceptions. They also answered four open-ended questions about how they perceived the PDS experience. Data analysis indicated that the PDS experience was successful because of the relationship between the university and the local school system established by the onsite coordinators. The PDSs were also successful because of the license given to university faculty members to make changes within the program from semester to semester. Another factor key to the PDS program's success was the enthusiasm of university faculty involved in each PDS site. Finally, the program's success was influenced by the selection of sites that had a philosophy and faculty that supported the PDS concept. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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