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American Journal of Educational Research. 2018, 6(7), 997-1004
DOI: 10.12691/education-6-7-16
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Instructional Leaders and Understanding Data: The Status and Prevalence of Research and Statistics Courses in a Midwestern State’s Educator Preparation Programs

Dr. Erasmus Chirume1,

1Central State University, 1400 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce, OH 45384

Pub. Date: July 18, 2018

Cite this paper:
Dr. Erasmus Chirume. Instructional Leaders and Understanding Data: The Status and Prevalence of Research and Statistics Courses in a Midwestern State’s Educator Preparation Programs. American Journal of Educational Research. 2018; 6(7):997-1004. doi: 10.12691/education-6-7-16

Abstract

The study investigated the extent to which courses in statistics and research (other than in STEM majors) were prevalent in the educator preparation programs (EPPs) for preservice teachers. A chi-square goodness of fit test, which compared the counts of these courses objectively identified through a content analysis of the EPPs’ course descriptions, was conducted. The chi-square (2) p = .003, (p < .05) reflects that the hypothesis that courses in statistics and in research were as equally prevalent as assessment courses was rejected. For the decisions of instructors to be robust, they should be based on multi-sourced data.

Keywords:
accreditation assessment critical theory teacher educator preparation school/teacher effectiveness

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