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ERIC Number: ED548351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-9008-0
A Qualitative Study of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Elementary Teachers' Value of and Responses to Their Professional Development
McFarlan-Price, Regina A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
A challenge that professional development coordinators and instructional leaders face is designing and implementing professional development that is the most effective for improving teaching and learning in their school. To determine what is the perceptions and beliefs of elementary teachers' value of and responses to their professional development, this qualitative study explores how teachers learn and why they value and respond to their professional development. Using theoretical frameworks from various learning theory models and the evolution of professional and instructional development and design paradigm shifts throughout the history of educational research as the basis for conceptual understanding, this phenomenological, case study examines and explains the perceptions and beliefs of seven elementary teachers of grades two through six. This study also contains autobiographical narratives to emphasize the process of the learning experiences and reflective thinking of the researcher. The study was conducted at a Title I school in South Carolina, pseudo-named Sunshine School I, that was at the initial stages of incorporating comprehensive professional development activities to improve rigor, relationships and relevance within a professional learning community. In an effort to improve student achievement in math and writing, building level leaders decided to embed three professional development delivery modes for instructional improvement into the newly established collaborative community initiative at Sunshine School I Data. [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; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina