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ERIC Number: EJ854370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0195-7597
Section V: Summary and Implications
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, v28 n2 p30-34 Win 2006
The Eisenhower Professional Development Program's primary goal is to support professional development for teachers that will improve classroom practice and, ultimately, student achievement. A multiyear evaluation of the Eisenhower Program sought to provide information to help the Eisenhower Program, and other professional development efforts, achieve this important goal. The evaluation was intended to help policymakers and program managers by (1) describing professional development activities supported by the Eisenhower program and the way they are managed and implemented; and (2) evaluating the effects of the professional development activities on teaching practice. To describe Eisenhower-funded activities and the effects of professional development on teaching practice, the national evaluation included both a nationally representative cross-sectional component and a more focused longitudinal component. This report describes the Longitudinal Study of Teacher Change which examines the effects of Eisenhower-assisted and other professional development on teachers in 30 schools. The study finds that high-quality professional development that focuses on specific teaching strategies does affect teaching practice and that this effect is stronger if the professional development has the six dimensions of quality identified in the analysis of a national sample of teachers. Results show that the most effective professional development is focused on specific higher-order teaching strategies and has features of high quality. The national data, however, show that on average, teachers do not experience high-quality professional development.
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education. c/o Center for Education and Work, 964 Educational Sciences Builidng, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608-263-2724; Fax: 608-262-3050; Web site: http://www.cew.wisc.edu/JVSNE
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A