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ERIC Number: EJ920681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-8052
Professional Development Priorities of Idaho Business Teachers: An Examination of a Set of Competencies Associated with Teaching and Learning
Kitchel, Allen; Cannon, John; Duncan, Dennis
Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, v52 n3 p138-151 Fall 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the perceived teaching and learning professional development needs of [state] secondary business teachers (N =233) in order to guide pre-service curriculum development and in-service training activities. Method: Sixty-two percent (n = 146) of the 233 teachers completed a survey instrument based on Borich's (1980) Needs Assessment Model. Calculated means and standard deviations represent importance and competence ratings for each instructional item, while mean weighted discrepancy scores (MWDS) inform the prioritization of in-service needs. Results: Results showed that pre-service training priorities should address motivating students to learn, using productivity software, and teaching students to think critically/creatively. Priority areas for in-service training needs associated with teaching and learning include teaching students to think critically/creatively, designing/developing digital-age learning assessments, and motivating students to learn. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho