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ERIC Number: ED478772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Education Administration (EdAd) and Capacity for School Improvement: Restructuring Public Education.
Achilles, C. M.
This essay discusses professional development as a capacity-building strategy. It raises questions about various approaches to capacity building, including the emphasis on professional development. It states that despite self-reports and surveys, scant, if any, replicable empirical evidence relates professional development to changes in teacher behavior and improved student outcomes. The paper calls for educators to critique the assumptions and assertions behind the call for professional development and offers some available scientifically based research approaches to education improvement. The paper goes on to support more scientifically based research in education and presents a new model for professional development based on scientifically based research. Included are: a sample of studies that support professional development, but fail to find empirical evidence of teacher change or student improvement and appendices that contain: a glossary of terms, a checklist for staff development, a survey instrument used to collect data on research-based information that improves student outcomes, and a six-level phase model to help policymakers and practitioners sort the issues in educational research; and 30 references. (WFA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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