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ERIC Number: ED518939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 241
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1735-2
Data-Driven Job-Embedded Professional Development: A Cautionary Tale
Elliott, Susan L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
Professional development within many school districts has become more closely linked to school or district achievement goals, daily practice and student assessment data. Both empirical research and experiential-based writing in the field have suggested that data-driven job-embedded professional development supports teacher learning and improved practice. Although research has explored teachers' perceptions regarding the use of data or the role of collaboration, additional research is needed to more deeply understand how all participants--teachers, facilitators and principals--engage in, interpret and react to this form of professional development. In this qualitative study, I engaged in practitioner inquiry to understand how participants interpret and engage in data-driven job-embedded professional development within both an elementary and middle school context. I used analytic induction to reveal three broad themes: notions about the professional development context, thoughts about the use of data, and ideas about practice. Results suggest that although this form of professional development holds promise for support a shift to a collaborative culture which uses data to guide decisions, this for of professional development is not without its challenges. Cautions are raised regarding the dangers which a narrow focus on data can have upon conceptions of student learning, representations of practice, and how professional development becomes defined. Implementation of data-driven job-embedded professional development as a prominent form of professional development within a school or district should be considered carefully and critically. [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: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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