Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Implementing Professional Development in Science Using Coaching: An Action Research Study
by Johnson, Sherlene C.E., Ed.D., University of Bridgeport, 2020, 152; 28152919
Abstract (Summary)

This action research utilized a mix method approach where qualitative and quantitative data were collected. The research study sought to explore if sustained professional development through coaching was done with teachers to enact problem-based learning would transform teachers’ praxis. In addition, the researcher examined what were the factors that contributed to teachers’ inability to transfer learning from a traditional workshop setting to implementing the knowledge gained to their classrooms. The action research consisted of two major stages, namely the needs assessment and the action research cycle. It was imperative that the researcher explore the local setting to ascertain the perceptions of teachers and look at data to determine the needs. From the needs assessment the researcher co-constructed and implemented an intervention to train teacher-participants about problem-based learning as well as conducted awareness sessions about peer coaching and what should be expected during the research study.

The researcher
collaborated with teacher-participants during the coaching model as they embraced co-planning, modeling, and guidance for enactment. Upon the completion of the intervention, the action research cycle began with teachers of science. Throughout the research study, a key feature was a critical reflection by the teachers as well as the researcher. Students doing the problem-based learning cycles were encouraged to do reflection, as this was a best practice for problem-based learning theory. The researcher was guided by the review of the data in Iteration 1 to make adjustments for Iteration 2; data were further analyzed in Iteration 2 after the science participants were completed, this informed changes that were made in Iteration 3. The research concluded with an ethnographic reflection of the transformation process that indicated the use of coaching as a professional development initiative for the enactment of a new instructional strategy. In addition, the overall effect that this had on the researcher’s praxis and research skills.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Prelli, Gail
Commitee: Christ, Thomas W., Sinal Swingler, Jennifer
School: University of Bridgeport
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Curriculum development, Instructional Design, Science education, Educational administration, Education Policy
Keywords: Instructional coaching, Instructional planning, Problem-based learning, Professional development, Research skills
Publication Number: 28152919
ISBN: 9798698580652
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