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Sustained Impact of a Professional Development Program for Postsecondary Faculty Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Case Comparison Study 2009 Pacific Rim Conference
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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AS DIVERSE LEARNERS www.ist.hawaii.edu cds.hawaii.edu Principal Investigators Project Coordinator Dr. Steven Brown Program Evaluator & Data Analyst Dr. Hye-Jin Park Data Collector Michelle McDow Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa 2
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3 “Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners” Project Purpose: To enhance the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of faculty and staff working with students with disabilities (SWD) through professional development (PD), leading to improved retention and completion rates of SWD in postsecondary education. Trained 1,636 individuals, including 800 faculty and staff at UH-Manoa, since 2005 Distributed PD content and results to 589 individuals nationally and internationally.
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4 Content areas of the PD Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Rights and Responsibilities Hidden Disabilities Mentoring Assistive Technology (AT)
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5 Short-Term PD Impact: Pre/Post Tests From April 2007 to March 2009, 157 attendees completed six types of pre-post tests, depending on the content covered by a PD program. Short-term, significant impact in improving knowledge and attitudes. 100% of the participants evaluated the PD programs as useful 83.8% of the participants wanted to apply more than 50% of PD strategies.
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6 Limitations of Pre/Post Tests 1. Whether identified changes as a result of the PD were sustained over time? 2. How trained faculty has actually implemented what they learned from the PD programs? 3. Whether changed practices, as a result of the PD, influenced class completion rates of students with and without disabilities? => Need to study any long-term impacts of the PD programs
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2008 Summer Institute When- 2008 Summer Where- at UH-M Duration- 3 consecutive days Attendees- 16 including 12 UH-M faculty PD Content- UDL, Rights & Responsibilities, Hidden Disabilities, Mentoring, and AT Significant improvement in familiarity with accommodations for SWD & professional skills in working with SWD after PD 7
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8 Follow-Up Study Research Questions 1. How did faculty attendees of the Summer Institute implement what they learned from the PD program? 1(a) What strategies from the PD did they use? 1(b) What helped them to implement the PD strategies? 1(c) What challenges did they have in implementing the PD strategies? 1(d) How did they evaluate what they did in the given semester?
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9 2. Did the faculty attendees of the Summer Institute retain change after the Summer Institute ? 2(a) How did their feeling of comfort in working
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