A Longitudinal Study of Inservice Education on Effective Team Skills
Teachers in the field often experience a sense of isolation from others in the field and a lack of connectedness to current research and evidence based practices. Inservice training is the primary mechanism for connecting teachers to one another and new content. The Building Effective Teams Model utilizes communities of learners to provide experiences and knowledge leading to the development of effective teaming strategies. This longitudinal study examines the responses of the participants over three data points, pre, post and post/post. A synthesis of pre to post growth and a comparison of long term growth noted through examination of the pre to post/post scores. The relationship of length of time involved in inservice and resulting perceptions of teaming skills is also examined.
Keywords: Longitudinal Study of Team training, Perceptions of Change in the Teaming Skills, Communities of Learners
Dr. Jennifer Olson
Professor, College of Education University of Idaho , Center on Disabilities and Human Development
Project Director, College of Education University of Idaho , Center on Disabilities and Human Development