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Uses and abuses of data in professional development

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This message is in reply to:
Receptivity to Data - Mark Jenness

Posted by: Mike Howard
Posted on: May 04, 2002 at 10:45 AM
I agree with Mark that it's less threatening to stick to participant satisfaction and self-reported comfort/preparation, rather than looking at actual changes in understandings and practices that are expected as a result of LSC p.d. For example, one of the touchiest parts of evaluating impact of p.d. is looking at participants' content knowledge. It's easy to ask the participants how much they feel they've learned; but unless there's graduate credit involved (or some other formal course structure), most teachers rebel at the notion of taking a pre/post test or some other direct measure of changes in understanding.

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