ERIC Number: EJ1142035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Where Do You Want to Get To? Effective Professional Learning Begins with a Clear Destination in Mind
Guskey, Thomas R.
Learning Professional, v38 n2 p32-37 Apr 2017
Educators often shy away from evaluating professional learning experiences because they believe the process requires knowledge and skills they don't possess. As a result, they either neglect evaluation procedures completely or leave them to "experts" who come in at the end and gather data to determine if anything made a difference. But these ad hoc procedures rarely yield information that helps educators improve the quality or effectiveness of their professional learning experiences. In truth, evaluation is a relatively simple process that begins by answering three essential questions: (1) What do we want to accomplish; (2) How will we know it if we do; and (3) What else might happen, good or bad?
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Program Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Educational Quality, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Educational Improvement, Evidence, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Planning, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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