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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Patrick David Weil
Doctor of Education
Department: Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Title: Professional Development Experiences of Indiana K-12 Public School Teachers: Evidence from the SASS 2007-2008
Dr. Van Cooley, Chair
Dr. Jianpeng Shen
Dr. Carrie Cate-Clements
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3208 Sangren Hall
This research examines the professional development perceptions and experiences of public school teachers in the state of Indiana. This study is unique in two regards: 1) it uses restricted data; and 2) exclusively studies the professional development experiences of public school teachers in the State of Indiana. By analyzing a national data set, the 2007-2008 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), this study can provide a snapshot of the recent state of professional learning among public school teachers in the State of Indiana. Results of this study can track trends in professional development since the 2003-2004 SASS administration. Researchers can compare the findings of this study to previous studies regarding Indiana teachers’ participation in professional development. Indiana has set goals for its students to meet or exceed achievement levels of their international counterparts. Policymakers can use the results of this study to monitor and assess the funding of future professional development programming in the State of Indiana.