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ERIC Number: ED546721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 137
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-9457-3
From Professional Development to Implementation: What Teachers Say Makes Change Happen
Depka, Eileen M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University
The success of students across the nation is reliant on the expertise and talents of teachers. Continuous growth and lifelong learning are expectations within the teaching profession. Learning new strategies in order to meet student needs and boost achievement is a constant target. Each year school districts spend millions of dollars on professional development intending to increase the proficiency of their teachers. The impact of dollars spent and professional development delivered, is questionable. Often there is little to no connection between the professional development experienced and increased student achievement. Practices typically are not implemented. Student achievement is not likely to improve without a change in classroom practices. This is not to say that current practices are wrong, but in order to best impact all students, teachers need to increase their bag of tricks. New practices, a variety of strategies, and deeper content knowledge can only help impact levels of student achievement. This book includes a foundation in current research and is based on a research study designed to answer the question, what does it take for teachers to take the step from learning to implementation? This quantitative study was conducted in 2011. Teachers, administrators and consultants were surveyed nationally to gain insights into the components necessary to embed new practices in an effort to impact student achievement. Six themes are identified, the data are analyzed and reported, and implications for schools and districts are addressed. [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
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Language: English
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