Book of the Year 2000
National Staff Development Council, USA
How do we determine the effects and effectiveness of activities designed to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of educators so that they might improve the learning of students? Thomas R. Guskey explores the processes and procedures involved in evaluating professional development, from the very simple to the very complex, at five increasing levels of sophistication:
- Participants' reactions to professional development
- How much participants learn
- Evaluating organizational support and change
- How participants use their new knowledge and skills
- Improvement in student learning
. . . complete with sample evaluation forms, checklists, and helpful hints and tips.
Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is the author/editor of 18 books and over 200 articles published in prominent research journals as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and School Administrator. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, which also honored him in 2006 for his outstanding contribution relating research to practice. His most recent books include Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Ed.) (2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), and Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Ed.) (2006).
Foreword - Dennis Sparks Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 1. What Is Professional Development? 2. What Is Evaluation? 3. Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Professional Development 4. Level 1: Participants' Reactions 5. Level 2: Participants' Learning 6. Level 3: Organization Support and Change 7. Level 4: Participants' Use of New Knowledge and Skills 8. Level 5: Student Learning Outcomes 9. Presenting Evaluation Results References Author Index Subject Index