STEM ACT Pre-Conference Survey

This brief survey is designed to help us better understand the background and interests. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this.

1. Please provide the following background information.

2. Which of the following describe your area of involvement with respect to Alternative Teacher Certification (check all that apply)






3. About what proportion of your professional/research activities are devoted to issues surrounding alternative certification?






4. For each of the following, please indicate its importance as a reason for attending this conference.
Very important Important Of less importance
Developing a shared understanding of alternative certification based on key features
Identifying an agreed-upon agenda for future research
Gaining an understanding of existing policies regarding alternative certification
Learning about what activities in alternative certification programs have proved successful
Learning about new directions in alternative certification
Gaining an understanding of the current state of research in alternative certification
Learning about evaluation strategies for certification programs
Obtaining constructive feedback on my own research or program
Other

5. If other, please specify:


6. In this two-part question, please indicate for each of the following: a) how well informed you feel you are about the current state of knowledge or practice, and b) how interested are you in in improving your state of knowledge.
State of Knowledge Interest in Improving Knowledge
Very Somewhat Not very Don't know Very Somewhat Not very
Recruitment/ retention
-practices
-policies
-research
Teacher preparation / training /support
-practices
-policies
-research
Teacher Certification
-practices
-policies
-research
Student-associated Outcomes / Impacts
-practices
-policies
-research

State of Knowledge Interest in Improving Knowledge
Very Somewhat Not very Don't know Very Somewhat Not very
Program Design and Practices
-practices
-policies
-research
Policy formation and implementation
-practices
-policies
-research
Cost analysis
-practices
-policies
-research


7. What are you most interested in as an outcome of this conference that you can bring back with you?


8. What do you see as the most important potential long-term impact?

9. How useful did you find the STEM ACT website (http://k12s.phast.umass.edu/~stemtec/act/) in terms of the following?
Very useful Somewhat useful Neutral Confusing Useless
Understanding the goals of the conference
Conveying a sense of what will be presented
Understanding who the conference is designed for
Developing and submitting an proposal
Developing and submitting a manuscript
Clarity of timeline
Understanding the dissemination strategy
Presenting logistical information about attending the conference
Connection to other resources

10. Are there any resources not included on the website that should be there? If so, what?

11. Please use this space to provide any other comments or concerns about the conference.


Thank you


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