Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Considerations for Personalized Professional Learning at International Academy of South East Asia: A Gap Analysis
by Casey, Treena Louise, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2018, 181; 10930140
Abstract (Summary)

International Academy of South East Asia (IASEA) is a preschool - grade 12 independent, non- profit international school with the vision of being a world leader in education cultivating exceptional thinkers prepared for the future. The school has determined that personalized learning is a pathway to the achievement of the vision. A personalized approach results in more growth for each student, nurturing and challenging in order to maximize potential. Given that teacher actions are the most significant factor in student achievement, it is critical to examine professional learning for faculty with the same rationale. The purpose of this study was to conduct a gap analysis using the Clark And Estes (2008) model to examine the knowledge, motivation and organizational (KMO) influences that impact IASEA's ability to effectively implement personalized professional learning. An outcome of this study is a plan for how IASEA may best implement personalized learning for its faculty. The study explored barriers to achieving the goal of implementation and then proposed solutions. The methodological framework used was that of a qualitative case study with descriptive statistics. Data collection to inform the gaps was in the form of documentation analysis, focus group and individual interviews, and surveys. The study population consisted of representative faculty and administrators and the subsequent data analysis sought to validate assumed influences as knowledge, motivation and organization barriers and inform possible solutions. Proposed solutions for these barriers included strategic targeted deployment of instructional coaches, tools for the existing Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams to utilize to measure effectiveness, and the implementation of a schoolwide system of micro-credentials designed to support personalized professional learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Picus, Lawrence
Commitee: Chung, Ruth, Reeves, Douglas
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Educational administration
Keywords: Coaching, Gap analysis, Leadership, Micro-credential, Personalized, Professional learning
Publication Number: 10930140
ISBN: 9780438574595
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