ERIC Number: ED178716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development Services. Final Report, 1979.
Beamish, Eric; And Others
Two-year colleges' staff development practices are examined so as to highlight issues, concerns, and problems; outline possible solutions; and offer alternative models. A brief review of the topical literature opens the report, followed by discussion of the "Change Agent Study" (Rand Corporation's four-year study of federally funded programs to introduce innovative practices into schools). The study held "successful change" and "staff development" as essentially synonymous since the latter emphasizes learning for professionals as part of ongoing program building in an organizational context. To provide an idea of the range of current activities, the report describes five staff development programs at a sample of institutions representing different sizes, locations, and relative maturity. Researchers note that staff development within all five programs is faculty-oriented and all the college staffs recognize present efforts to be insufficient in meeting current needs, let alone responding to the future. The reports' last section discusses two popular conceptualizations of comprehensive staff development programs and their limitations before proceeding to outline preliminary designs for new models--in concentric, spiral, and "activity tree" configurations. The authors expect the project eventually to yield a conceptual model for a comprehensive staff development program to serve all college staff. (CP)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Agents, College Administration, College Faculty, College Planning, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Federal Programs, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Professional Development, Program Development, Staff Development, Staff Role, Staff Utilization, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell Univ.
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