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ERIC Number: EJ1169314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
NAPDS Trends and Themes: Data from the National Association of Professional Development Schools Annual Meetings, 2002-2014
Shiveley, James M.; Pond, Gavin
School-University Partnerships, v10 n2 p26-32 Fall 2017
The concept of a Professional Development School (PDS) is not recent phenomenon. A more recent outgrowth of the Professional Development School movement has been an annual national conference dedicated to sharing and showcasing the work of various schools and universities engaged in PDS work. The University of South Carolina in Columbia originated and sponsored the National Professional Development School Conference from 2000 until 2015. During this time the membership of the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), a national organization for schools and universities engaged in school-university partnerships, would meet annually at this conference and participate as co-hosts. This paper examines the presentations given at the National Professional Development School Conference over a 13-year period from 2002 through 2014. It was during this time that the conference was firmly established as a national outlet for sharing the work and research being conducted in PDS settings throughout the country. A content analysis of the number and types of sessions provided at the NAPDS annual conference was conducted to see what an examination of the current topics and key areas of debate among those engaged in PDS work around the country would reveal about the nature of the work being done in PDS environments. This study quantified a steady rise in conference presentations over a 12-year span, indicating a growing scope of interest and participation among schools and universities in PDS work. Also of interest was a gradual coalescing of topics that were similar to the original objectives of a PDS, as set forth by the Holmes Group (1990). Researchers also found the lack of representation in conference sessions on topics dealing with school organization or community engagement curious, and worthy of further investigation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
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