ERIC Number: ED478497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Teachers' Perceptions of Their USI Professional Development Experiences.
Kersiant, Gladis; Borman, Kathryn; Boydston, Theodore; Sadler, Troy
The perceptions of teachers who have participated in professional development experiences provided by the Urban Systemic Initiative in four sites (Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; El Pas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee) were studied. Focus groups were conducted at each of the 47 schools across the 4 sites. Focus groups usually consisted of the five teacher participants at each site, but in some cases administrators and other teachers participated. Teachers discussed their views regarding content knowledge, pedagogy, and applicability of information garnered from professional development experiences. The responses were typically positive. However, many teachers reported that the content of the sessions was not directly applicable in their settings. Teachers also asserted that they would benefit from more site-based experiences. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Systemic Initiative Conference of Key Indicators, Evaluation, Accountability, and Evaluative Studies of Urban School Districts (Tampa, FL, April 2001).