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MET Extension Longitudinal Database and Library of Practice

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Brian P. Rowan, George C. Alter, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Paul Courant, Kara M. Suzuka

The University of Michigan (U-M) is currently under contract to archive and disseminate (video and quantitative) data from the first phase of the Measuring Effective Teaching (MET) project, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That project collected quantitative data and classroom video from over 3,000 teacher volunteers during the 2009-10 and 2010-11
school years. Data from that project are being archived and distributed to the social and educational research community through the hosting of a MET Longitudinal Database at the University?s Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the world?s largest social science data archive.

This proposal describes the University of Michigan?s plan to work with data from the next phase of the MET project. That phase, known as the MET Extension project, will occur during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. In the MET Extension project, about 400 teachers (who participated in the first phase of the MET project) will continue to participate in classroom video and other data collections, thereby extending the body of useful data on teaching quality
collected in the first phase of the MET project.

This proposal describes how U-M will add video and other data from the MET Extension project to the existing MET Longitudinal Database and how the University will create and operate a Library of Practice that makes MET Extension data accessible to new communities of users, including teacher educators and staff developers interested in using video and other data to promote professional learning. As described below, the U-M?s Survey Research Center (SRC) will act as the lead unit in this work, partnering with three other U-M units to implement the
project, including: the Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research (ICPSR), the School of Education, and the University Library. Staff from each of these units will work together to: (1) acquire the MET Extension project data; (2) develop a video tagging scheme and a web-based application that allows users to tag video using this scheme; (3) archive and disseminate tagged video and quantitative data through the existing MET Longitudinal Database;
and (4) create a new MET Library of Practice that provides approved users with the capacity to deploy MET data assets in new and exciting ways. U-M proposes to conduct this work over a two-year period for an estimated cost of $3,624,085.

Funding Period: 11/11/2011 to 12/31/2013

Country of Focus: USA

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