A Study of Educator Attitudes and Beliefs and Goalbook Toolkit Usage

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Center for Research and Reform in Education
The purpose of the present descriptive study was to examine the relationship between Goalbook Toolkit usage and educators’ attitudes and beliefs, including regarding their self-efficacy for special education instructional design, their job satisfaction, and their intentions to stay in their current position and in the field of education. As described by Goalbook, Goalbook Toolkit helps educators identify students’ needs and strengths, design individualized goals and instructional plans, and identify effective instructional strategies, which overall aim to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of instructional practice. Specifically, Goalbook Toolkit provides tools and resources to support educators in unpacking standards; developing data-driven present level statements that articulate students’ needs and strengths; creating goals that are measurable, standard-aligned, and scaffolded; and identifying instructional strategies and designing instruction aligned to individualized educational plan (IEP) goals. Goalbook is used primarily by special educators and supports the development of IEPs and special education instructional planning, and it is also used by general educators for Universal Design for Learning, differentiation, and intervention. This descriptive study analyzed survey and Goalbook Toolkit usage data collected by Goalbook to document and explore ways that educators use Goalbook, their perceptions of the application, and their attitudes and beliefs about their work as educators. Goalbook routinely collects data on activities that users perform in the Goalbook application, such as viewing and downloading resources, creating goals and strategies, and sharing resources with other educators. Some Goalbook users were invited to complete a survey before they received training on Goalbook in the 2022-23 school year. All Goalbook users with an account that had been activated by October 31 were invited to take the annual user survey in November 2022. Goalbook account holders invited to take the pre-training survey were also invited to take a year-end survey. These surveys included closed- and open-response items about participants’ teaching role and experience, their usage of and attitudes about Goalbook, and/or their attitudes and beliefs about their work as educators. This study is envisioned as the first in a series of annual studies about the relationship between Goalbook usage and educators’ attitudes and beliefs about their work.
special education, instructional design, job satisfaction, teacher retention