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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hebert, Dustin Michael
Author's Email Address dhebert@mcneese.edu
URN etd-11062007-181936
Title Innovation in Teacher Education: Faculty Members' and Assessment Coordinators' Perceptions of Electronic Assessment Systems
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Janice Hinson Committee Chair
Eugene Kennedy Committee Member
Roberta McHardy Committee Member
Yiping Lou Committee Member
Evangelos Triantaphyllou Dean's Representative
  • electronic assessment systems
  • assessment
  • teacher education
  • innovation diffusion
Date of Defense 2007-09-24
Availability unrestricted
Electronic assessment systems (EASs) have proliferated teacher education programs in postsecondary education. Mostly, these systems facilitate candidate and program assessment through technology-mediated procedures, allowing for greater efficiency and accuracy in data collection and analysis. If implemented successfully, the work of individuals associated with teacher education programs from faculty members to assessment coordinators and beyond has the potential to benefit from utilizing the system for course-based and programmatic assessment, both of which are criteria for the accreditation of teacher education programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

This qualitative study explores the perceptions of faculty and assessment coordinators at three institutions of higher education as they relate to three different EASs. Such research is absent from current literature. However, limited research on EASs does exist, and this study contributes to that research within the context of teacher education programs and the innovation diffusion theoretical framework. To accomplish that, the research questions are addressed through the use of informal conversational and interview guide protocols, both suggested by Patton (2002), with the participants.

Data analysis reflects the constant comparative method of qualitative data analysis (Glaser & Strauss, 1967), and the results of that analysis are presented in question-and-answer case study and cross-case analysis formats. These reporting methods present comprehensive results through thick descriptions (Patton, 2002) and discussions of cross-case themes, respectively. Results of this study lead the researcher to conclude that EASs are significant in teacher education programs, and the results reveal that the critical issues regarding EAS adoption relate to (1) technology mandates by NCATE, (2) the issues of change and innovation diffusion as they relate to individuals and organizations, and (3) the standardization effect of EASs on assessment.

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