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DOES IT COMPUTE?: A STUDY OF THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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DOES IT COMPUTE?: A STUDY OF THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Title: DOES IT COMPUTE?: A STUDY OF THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Author: Smith, Frederick
Advisor(s): Pence, Lucretia
Committee Member(s): Keyes, Thomas
Oshima, Lynette
Napper-Owen, Gloria
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Subject(s): Professional Development
LC Subject(s): Career development -- Study and teaching
Follow-up in teacher training
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Research on professional development for teachers usually focuses on its effects during or immediately after the experience or on teacher’s satisfaction with professional development in general. Little research focuses on the lasting impressions and influences. This qualitative study used two focus groups to gather the memories of eleven teachers who became trainers in a high quality and voluntary professional development program ten years prior to the study. The program focused on helping teachers infuse technology into their teaching and develop constructivist pedagogy and used a training of trainers model for widespread dissemination. Teachers responded to four questions about their memories of the experience, how they felt it changed their practice, the challenges and successes of being a trainer, and the impact of their participation on their careers. Focus groups were audio and video recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using constant comparison and coding to identify recurring and powerful themes. Participants revealed that they found the curriculum resources and opportunities for collaboration as the most memorable features of the program. Many also reported that they experienced somewhat fearful feelings at the outset of the program, but that these feelings abated in the ensuing three years of the program. All participants voiced their success as trainers and learned more about technology through taking on that role. Challenges were related to recruiting new teachers into the program and inadequate technological resources in their schools. All found the program an enhancement to their self-confidence, professional growth and career achievement.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20822

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