ERIC Number: ED200182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Using the Developer/Demonstrators of the National Diffusion Network to Expand Higher Education's Professional Development Capability.
A feasibility study was conducted to assess the level of interest by the Developer/Demonstrator (D/D) programs of the federally-supported National Diffusion Network in collaborating with Cleveland State University's College of Education in a program of professional development for educators in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Of the 100 D/D project directors surveyed in 1980, 95 expressed a willingness to participate as a resource for professional development. D/D's were also asked to rate listed strategies upon which a collaboration might be built and to recommend strategies other than those identified in the questionnaire. The highest ratings went to the "expansion of inservice training to fit under the umbrella of a university course." Their responses reveal a concern for needs assessment, expansion of their training to conform to university expectations, and evaluation/followup. Financial support from the university was identified by almost half of the respondents as an incentive for collaboration, followed by academic credit and publicity. In regard to barriers, the financial assistance issue was the first priority concern. It is suggested that future investigation is needed to determine whether parallel interest in collaboration is present in other urban universities in addition to Cleveland State University. Additionally, attention is directed to defining professional development and indicating weakness of inservice education. The role of the urban university in professional development and the contribution that can be made by D/D programs are also addressed. A sample questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Development, Educational Resources, Faculty Development, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Human Resources, Improvement Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Teacher Improvement, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cleveland State University OH; National Diffusion Network
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 12-14, 1981).