ERIC Number: ED186431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Staff Development and Its Effects on Classroom Practice. The South Bay Project.
McKibbin, Michael D.; Joyce, Bruce R.
The effects of training on twenty-one teachers in a Teacher Corps school were examined according to the type of training chosen, the preference exhibited by the teacher for certain types of delivery systems, and the level of transfer to classroom practice which were applicable to the different systems. This four-year study of inservice teacher education involved the correlation of personality measures for each teacher with a frame of reference developed by Abraham Maslow to describe individual needs patterns. Specific patterns emerged in the preference and use of training methods. Nearly all the teachers were able to replicate the training activities in their classrooms, but actual use of the learned strategies was a completely different matter. Those teachers at the self-actualizing end of Maslow's scale were able to implement and incorporate much of the training into their natural styles. Those at the middle level on the scale generally used only those things that helped them to "fine-tune" their current practices. Those at the lower end of the scale showed no consistent pattern of choice but were consistently unable to transfer activities into practice. (Author/LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Maslow (Abraham); Teacher Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, 1980).