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ERIC Number: ED518729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0061-3
A Case Study: The Evaluation of the Graduate Middle School Education Program at a Southeastern University
Armstrong, Abbigail
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Gardner-Webb University
This dissertation was designed to determine reasons graduate students do not complete requirements for a Master's in Middle Level Education degree at the southeastern university. Since the program's initial on-campus cohort (2000) the graduation rate has decreased from 80% to 62.96% with the fourth on-campus cohort (2005). The current cohort currently has five students enrolled which will yield a 29% graduation rate depending on student choice. Program faculty is concerned about the increasing difference between the number of applicants and number of those completing the program. The researcher conducted a program evaluation, using Guba and Lincoln's four phases of responsive evaluation, to determine the quality of the program as well as to receive feedback from former graduates (completers) and applicants (non-completers) of the Master's in Middle Level Education program. A survey, focus groups and one-on-one interviews were used to collect data. Participants were given multiple opportunities to participate in all three data collection methods and were encouraged to be honest and share any thoughts about the Master's in Middle Level Education program. The data revealed that the most favorable outcomes of completing a Master's in Middle Level Education degree were receiving a pay raise, gaining knowledge about middle level curriculum and students, and career advancement. Overall more than 80% of participants of the study agreed the goals of the program were met. The data analysis also revealed barriers to the Master's in Middle Level Education program such as limited provisions of financial assistance and inconvenient or inconsistent course offerings. [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: Higher Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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