Award Date

1-1-1998

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Special Education

First Committee Member

Thomas Pierce

Number of Pages

188

Abstract

An instrument to measure the effects of using the Universal Format for translating research to practice was developed. Measures of teachers, responses concerning the benefits, knowledge of research practices (informed status), and beliefs toward research-based knowledge were formatively evaluated. Five developmental phases were employed to identify, develop, and field-test a questionnaire and a training module with teachers enrolled in university coursework; A quasi-experimental design was utilized including an experimental and a control group. Subjects in the experimental group received training in using the Universal Format and translated research articles. Subjects in the control group translated research articles, but received no training module. Expert evaluation, subject feedback, and data were used to determine the merit of the questionnaire and training in validating the use of the Universal Format. Results indicated that the questionnaire was useful in evaluating pre- and post-test performance regarding research-based knowledge under experimental conditions. Experimental subjects significantly improved in positive responses between pre- and post-test toward the benefits, informed status, and beliefs concerning research-based knowledge. They also had a significant improvement in their translation of research articles for classroom applications. Control group subjects significantly improved in positive responses between pre- and post-test concerning benefits, informed status, and beliefs concerning research-based knowledge; They did not experience significant improvement in the translation of research articles for classroom applications. Implications for continued use of the questionnaire and training module with the Universal Format for further evaluation in a representative field test are discussed.

Keywords

Based; Effects; Evaluation; Format; Formative; Formative Evaluation; Pedagogy; Research; Research-based Knowledge; Universal Format

Controlled Subject

Special education; Teachers--Training of; Educational tests and measurements

File Format

pdf

File Size

3758.08 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/yeat-8um7


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