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ERIC Number: ED554794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 171
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-6926-0
Establishing an Accepted Skill Set and Knowledge Base for Directors of University and College Intensive English Programs
Forbes, Megan Julie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The purpose of this study was to establish an accepted skill set, knowledge base, and overview of personal qualities necessary to be a director of a university or college based, non-proprietary intensive English program (UIEP). This research serves as a means of moving towards meeting three critical needs in the field. This research should inform the curriculum for the coursework of MA and PhD programs in the field of teaching English as a second language (TESL). It serves to capture the knowledge, skills, and talents of the most experienced UIEP directors prior to their retirement. Finally, it can provide search committees with the information necessary to make appropriate appointments, both in replacing newly-retired directors and in hiring directors for new programs. The study was undertaken using the Delphi method. Directors of UCIEP member programs with significant experience were identified as an expert group. A survey consisting of open-ended questions was used to elicit responses on the necessary skills, knowledge, and personal qualities of directors of UIEPs. These responses were compiled into a survey returned to the expert group. The responses to the second survey were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Following the Delphi method, and based upon these statistics, a third iteration of the survey was returned to the group. Responses were collected and means and standard deviation were calculated to determine the importance of each item and the expert group consensus on the importance of each item. Conclusions can be drawn from the study which indicate there is wide-spread agreement in the expert group on the necessary skills, knowledge, and personal qualities of UIEP directors. The resulting survey items can be used to inform the creation of more specific surveys of IEP directors in the future, and to highlight the need for continued research in the field. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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