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ERIC Number: ED516960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-3142-2
Practicing What We Teach: Effective Professional Development for Educators
Trehearn, Mary K.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, College of Saint Mary
The purpose of this study was to examine professional development in three Nebraska public schools. For decades, the issue of professional development has been dissected, often resulting in unhealthy opposition between faculty and administration. Numerous studies have been conducted on teacher education, often with inconclusive or conflicting results. A review of literature illustrates how professional development has evolved through time, describing how governance, the role of the administration, strategic planning, and budget all affect the success of teacher education. This research study scrutinized four major themes that emerged as having direct influence on professional development for participating teachers: (1) shared responsibilities, (2) the roles of administrators and teachers, (3) forethought and preparation, and (4) expenditures. Methods and procedures of the dissertation study are detailed. Designed to be retrospective in nature, this investigation sought greater understanding of how teachers and administrators perceived the effectiveness of professional development in their schools. Because of the brevity of the study, proposal of extreme changes to professional development is not intended. Rather, the study is intended to corroborate similar studies' findings or perhaps reveal new insights in the field. Findings of the study are scrutinized and interpretation of those findings show correlations to the review of literature and the aforementioned emerging themes. Conclusions include a comparison/contrast of teacher and administrator perspectives as well as a discussion on implications of the study and recommendations for future research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska