ERIC Number: ED440214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Action Research Network (PA-ARN) Staff Development through Five Regional Staff Development Centers. Final Report, July 1998-June 1999.
Pennsylvania State Univ., McKeesport.
With the existence of 67 monographs and approximately 60 practitioners trained in action research in the western and central parts of Pennsylvania from project years 1995-98, the 1998-99 Section 353 project expanded the action research network (ARN) to include teachers, administrators, and researchers in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the state. The project produced a revision of the monograph guidelines and the Action Research Planner (ARP); trained 23 participants over the approximately 8-month research period; continued the refinement of the proposal review process to allow expert input to project proposal designs in order to improve quality control; produced 23 research monographs; and developed the Learning from Practice Web page (http://www.learningfrompractice.org). Interviews with 15 of 20 1997-98 participants one year after the completion of their project activities found: the majority improved their problem solving strategies; dealt with problems more systematically; made lasting changes in their classrooms; and felt action research made changes in their agencies. Interviews with 10 of 16 supervisors of participants' programs found that they rated action research highly, and a majority pointed to lasting changes in their institutions/programs as a result of action research. The 8-page report is followed by a list of 1998-99 monograph titles, the results of evaluation studies of the Pennsylvania ARN, and revisions to the ARP and Monograph Guide. (Contains 53 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Literacy Education, Material Development, Problem Solving, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, State Programs, Statewide Planning
AdvancE, PDE Resource Center, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Floor 11, Harrisburg PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site: http://www.pde.psu.edu/able.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., McKeesport.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania