Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Motivation of participation in inservice training based on problem solving: A modified Delphi study
by Tseng, Yen Hua-Hui, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2008, 409; 3339940
Abstract (Summary)

The study involved determining why music professors lack motivation to participate in inservice training and identifying resistance to the inservice training process in Taiwan. The purpose of this mixed-method research, using a modified Delphi technique, was twofold. First, the study involved analyzing and understanding why music professors lack the motivation to participate in inservice training. Second, the study included determining to what extent inservice training facilitators believe that inservice training models are appropriate for effectively developing programs based on problem solving. Administrators and faculty experts with inservice training experience participated in a three-round modified Delphi study to provide qualitative and quantitative data. Stratified sampling aided in selecting a panel of 17 experts to identify areas of need for problem solving within an inservice training environment in the academic and vocational technology education systems in southern Taiwan. Extracting pertinent opinions and achieving consensus among the research participants’ responses resulted in five factors contributing to the lack of interest in participation in inservice training. The factors include that participants (a) thought inservice training was not relevant to their needs, (b) just did not think about it, (c) lacked enthusiasm about themselves following participation, (d) were concerned by the lack of follow-up support regarding skill development, and (e) saw university culture as an elitist academy. Recommendations to key educational leadership stakeholders (facilitators and trainees) include (a) modifying an existing inservice training model for all programs, inclusive of teacher groups uninterested; (b) assessing inservice training program effectiveness; and (c) creating professional development programs for higher education educators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Iwamoto, Dawn
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 69/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Music education, Teacher education, Vocational education
Keywords: A modified Delphi, Educational leadership, Inservice, Inservice training, Mixed-method, Motivation, Problem-solving
Publication Number: 3339940
ISBN: 978-0-549-93897-2
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