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A Case Study Of A Professional Development School In Rural West Virginia, Cheryl Ann Terry Jeffers Jan 2016

A Case Study Of A Professional Development School In Rural West Virginia, Cheryl Ann Terry Jeffers

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The focus of this qualitative research study is the Professional Development School (PDS) partnership between a university and an elementary school in Central Appalachia. Data were collected through participant observation, individual and focus group interviews, and document analysis. The research focused on the participants’ experiences and perceptions of the Professional Development School and any enabling and/or constraining factors related to its effectiveness. Participants included school-based individuals ─ students, teachers, and administrators of Dolen Elementary (pseudonym) ─ as well as university-based participants. The most significant finding was a genuine willingness to learn that was exhibited by participants, both school-based and those …