An Evaluation Study of Professional Development training about Geography based Websites for K-12 Louisiana Social Studies Teachers

ID: 33094 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Paul Nagel, Louisiana Geography Education Alliance, United States
  2. Kioh Kim and Sang Park, Northwestern State University, United States

Wednesday, March 9 5:55 PM-6:15 PM Location: Edgewood

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Abstract: This paper is a report on the findings of an evaluation study of professional development training conducted for K-12 social studies teachers in Louisiana. Kirkpatrick’s four level evaluation model was used as a study framework. Sixteen Websites were presented to guide teachers on the importance and utilization of geography related websites for the teaching of social studies. Level one evaluation survey was used to examine the perceptions of participating teachers. Findings indicated that training participants found the content to be useful and that the presentation was engaging. Level two evaluation with two follow-up surveys will be conducted to measure the participant’s learning from the content presented and how this has impacted K-12 learning of geography related web sites. Both level one and level two evaluation results will be shared with those who are interested in using Web resources in social studies.

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