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MSP LNC 2011


Effect of the Level of Transfer from Teacher Professional Development on Student Learning

Summary

Data collected through the Life Sciences for Global Community teacher institute have indicated that while teacher level variables explain a significant amount of the variance in student test scores, teacher content learning, alone, was not a significant predictor. This presentation explores, "Can a metric be developed that explains the variance in student outcomes by focusing on classroom transfer?" A conceptual analysis of institute data has been used to identify three components used to construct a level of transfer rubric. These were: the quality of the transfer, the intensity of the transfer, and the teacher's reflection on student learning. These were used to analyze eighty action research reports for levels of variation in transfer and examine the correlation with student outcomes.