ERIC Number: EJ919986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
The Effective Research-Based Characteristics of Professional Development of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program
Cormas, Peter C.; Barufaldi, James P.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v22 n3 p255-272 Apr 2011
This study investigates the effective research-based characteristics of professional development (ERBCPD) of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program--a program which partners institutions of higher education with local school districts and places science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates in the K-12 classroom with teachers. Final evaluations of 26 GK-12 sites were analyzed with a priori and emergent content analyses, which included rigorous inter- and intra-reliability testing. The results of the a priori analysis demonstrated that the GK-12 program incorporates all ERBCPD, but to drastically varying degrees (76-5%). The a priori characteristics that appeared most often were "Treats Fellows as professionals," and "Professional development is on-going." The two emergent characteristics included "Improves communication skills" and "Has real world application."
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Colleges, Communication Skills, Professional Development, Interrater Reliability, STEM Education, Evaluation, Content Analysis, Higher Education, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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