Investigating the efficacy of a collaborative evaluation model using visual research methods and concept mapping strategies to evaluate a professional learning program for teachers building competency in media literacy
Vradenburg, Nicole Angeline
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of collaborative evaluation as a method for understanding and describing how a collaborative professional learning program for educators will improve their self-reported skills in media literacy while engendering them to deliberately employ media literacy practices in their lesson plans. The model investigated for this study had six phases and employed the use of surveys, collaborative discussion, and the creation of visual artifacts to gather descriptive data to answer research questions. This participatory approach to evaluation gave participating teachers the opportunity to evaluate the data alongside the researcher. The role of the researcher as the program evaluator and facilitator leveraged the collegiality and strong relationships developed over time to gather detailed data about the professional learning program and the self-reported growth in media literacy competency of the teachers. Facilitators of professional learning for teachers can employ a collaborative evaluation model to gather testimony form participants describing their experiences that will inform the design of future programs for teachers. Findings suggest that including teachers in the evaluation of the programs in which they participate is an effective evaluation strategy that increases the chances that the data collected will inform the future professional learning programs for teachers. This model is recommended for programs that are meant to support teachers in building their competency in a specific content area, such as media literacy, over time through collaboration with peers.