Academic journal article Science Scope

Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (Revised 2nd Edition)

Academic journal article Science Scope

Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (Revised 2nd Edition)

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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (revised 2nd edition)

Edited by Susan S. Koba and Brenda S. Wojnowski. 2013. $29.95. 268 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA ISBN: 9781936959075

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Thinking of doing professional development but not sure exactly what approach to take? If so, then Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development might be just what you need. In this book of 16 essays, you will find numerous ways to select and conduct professional development.

The essays approach professional development as a science, looking at what has worked and what has not in a data-based manner. There are numerous data within the stand-alone essays to provide the practitioner with information for making a determination of which professional-development method to employ. The editors opine that these data sets will enable teachers and administrators to obtain maximum value from the limited professional development dollars available, which is always a concern in today's tight budgets.

The monographs have something for just about every reader, covering a range of possible professional-development goals and methodologies. Graphic representations of data sets are included in several of the essays, providing a visual representation of the research-based methodologies. Tabular data are also presented in some of the essays to help the reader decide on the most efficacious method to use. …

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