Title

An analysis of faculty development levels of use outcomes at one higher education institution

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Ed.S. in School Psychology

Department

Department of Counselor Education & Human Services

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Sawyer A. Hunley

Abstract

Proposals for school reform and improvement almost always include a faculty professional development component that requires evaluation of effectiveness. Often these evaluations are of poor quality because they rely on questions related to participants' enjoyment or satisfaction and how a person feels about something does not necessarily translate to how they behave. The Learning Teaching Center (LTC) at the University of Dayton provides faculty professional development as one of its services. The LTC's mission is not just to provide participants with information or a good time", but to transform or change participants through what they learn. The purpose of this study was to pilot a measure that addressed reported "levels of use" (how much they applied new knowledge and skills) from faculty and staff after attending faculty development programs at the LTC. Data were also used to gain a better understanding of which program types, duration, and demographic characteristics were associated with higher usage levels among participants at the LTC. Data analysis indicated no significant relationships between the demographics of participants (college affiliation, rank, gender, or years employed) and their reported change in level of use. There were also no significant differences between those who attended a single session professional development program and those who attended a program that consisted of multiple sessions in terms of amount of change; however, those who attended multiple sessions, on average, reported higher levels of use. In general, the majority of respondents reported an increase in their level of use after attending professional development at the LTC. Limitations of this mode of assessment and implications for future research are presented."

Keywords

University of Dayton. Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center, College teachers Training of Evaluation, Training Evaluation, Education; educational evaluation; faculty development; professsional development; levels of use; evaluation of professional development; assessment of professional development; higher education professional development evaluation

Rights Statement

Copyright © 2013, author

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