Evaluating the effect and effectiveness of a professional development workshop to increase school counselors' use of data: the role of technology
Poynton, Timothy Alan
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The use of data by school counselors has grown increasingly important over the past few years, and has a prominent place in the American School Counselor Association's National Model for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003). This study examines the effect and effectiveness of four variations of a workshop designed to improve school counselors' data use skills. The workshops were designed to vary along two dimensions; the amount of conceptual knowledge participants were exposed to, and the amount of a technology application participants were exposed to. The technology application, dubbed "EZAnalyze," was developed specifically for use in this study, as no suitable technology tools existed. The quantitative results of the study indicate that being exposed to technology did not have a statistically significant impact. The qualitative results indicate lack of time and knowledge were the most prominent barriers to applying what was learned during the workshop, and technology and access to useful data were the most prominent facilitators of data use.
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