ERIC Number: EJ1103606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Supporting University Content Specialists in Providing Effective Professional Development: The Educative Role of Evaluation
Arbaugh, Fran; Marra, Rose; Lannin, John K.; Cheng, Ya-Wen; Merle-Johnson, Dominike; Smith, Rena'
Teacher Development, v20 n4 p538-556 2016
Evaluation of professional development (PD) has traditionally been composed of summative and formative feedback, and has focused on assessing the extent to which the PD impacts participating teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and practices. This study establishes an additional purpose for PD evaluation--as "educative opportunities" for professional developers, particularly for PD providers who are university-level content specialists (e.g. scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers). Through analysis of data collected as state-wide evaluators for one US Midwest state's "Improving Teacher Quality Grant" PD programs, and utilizing an analysis methodology which we term "recommendation traces," we examine formative evaluation recommendations that we made to four different PD projects over three years. Findings from this study shed light on how content specialists who work in PD projects can learn about effective PD through project evaluation efforts.
Descriptors: Professional Development, Feedback (Response), Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Case Studies, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Program Implementation, Data Collection, Likert Scales, Semi Structured Interviews, Universities, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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