Date Approved

4-20-2005

Embargo Period

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

High school teachers--In-service training--New Jersey; Teachers--In-service training--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a meaningful professional development program that promotes lifelong learning and supports continued growth through individual and group activity that includes independent study, action research, study groups, peer coaching, reflective journaling, computer applications, and training. The sample population included 170 members of the teaching staff at Absegami High School, a large comprehensive high school located in Galloway Township, New Jersey.

The study utilized an action research design in which a needs assessment was distributed to teachers to determine workshop offerings, and workshops were evaluated with respect to content, presenter, length of time, and relevance to classroom instruction. Analysis of the data showed the importance of the continued support of the novice and veteran teacher by offering high quality workshops that are both meaningful and promote professional growth.

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