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Supporting University Content Specialists in Providing Effective Professional Development: The Educative Role of Evaluation
This study examines formative evaluation recommendations that the authors made to four different professional development (PD) projects over three years. The results of this study show that formative feedback can impact PD design and implementation. The results of this study suggest that evaluation efforts can take on a new purpose – the PD of professional developers. The authors argue that as evaluators, they interpreted what they know about PD from the research and acted as conduits of empirical findings to the PD project teams. Hence, their recommendations reflected their own knowledge and beliefs about PD, which, as active teacher education researchers, were well rooted in the PD research literature.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018
In this article, the authors assert that professional development (PD) projects have an orientation that guides the design and implementation of the entire project; a construct that the authors term “PD Project Orientation”. The aim of this study was to validate the existence of this new construct. Using various data sources from nine PD projects, the authors generated and characterized five PD project orientations. This study has implications for those designing and implementing PD for science teachers, as well as PD evaluators.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010