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The Internal Consistency of the Mankato Scale: Laying the Foundation for Valid Professional Development Decisions
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, , Widener University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The Mankato Scale has been used since 1992 for staff development purposes. By describing teacher strengths and deficiencies, it points the way for professional development programs leading to greater infusion of technology into classroom instruction. The absence of empirical information about the reliability of the Mankato Scale is conspicuous. Yet professional development programs have an ever-present need to establish baseline conditions of ability and skill, and to create professional development plans that can be monitored. This investigation demonstrated that the Mankato Scale is an internally consistent and reliable tool. Hence, the scale can be legitimately used as part of professional development for grouping participants by level of competence to obtain maximum results from training. Having such a reliable tool can also assist administrators to monitor the progress of their training initiatives.

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D'Onofrio, A. & Bowes, K. (2005). The Internal Consistency of the Mankato Scale: Laying the Foundation for Valid Professional Development Decisions. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 66-73). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 1, 2020 from .

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