Evaluating Professional Development of Educators in an International Context

By Michael Dean, Anthony Tait and Gee Kim.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a leading organization in the field of international education and has experienced strong growth over the period of the last decade. Currently, there are more than 2,900 schools in 139 countries. Accompanying this growth is the need to provide high qual- ity professional development opportunities to a rapidly increasing number of teachers and educators with varied experiences, working in diverse settings. Paramount to achieving this is the implementation of a comprehensive quality assurance framework. Under this established framework, our model utilizes a matrix of multiple instruments and methods of data collection, including but not limited to, participant feedback (immediate and delayed), programme and delivery expert observation as well as leader self-reflection and evaluation. The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence for the validity of a model for evaluating professional development of educators internationally. In particular, this paper will investigate and explain differences in ratings of quality from post event to a delayed period of time after implementation. The data in this study represents over 20,000 educators working in three languages and serving children across primary, middle and secondary schools in over 100 countries. All Participants in IB workshops are asked to evaluate many aspects of their professional development experience both immediately following an IB professional development activity as well as after an opportunity to apply what was shared and discussed. Understanding the changes in participant feedback, as well as the responses to the delayed evaluation, provides important information in understanding effective and lasting professional development in education.

Keywords: International Education, Professional Development, Evaluation, Quality Assurance

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.161-180. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.645MB).

Michael Dean

Head of Research, Research, International Baccalaureate, New York

International Baccalaureate

Anthony Tait

Global Professional Director, Professional Development, International Baccalaureate, New York

International Baccalaureate

Gee Kim

Research Analyst, Research, International Baccalaureate, New York

International Baccalaureate

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