ERIC Number: ED206932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Center Feasibility Study. Final Report.
Jacques, Barbara; Haller, Charles
A feasibility study was conducted to determine if the Teacher Center concept can be a logical and productive method of serving staff development needs of Connecticut vocational educators. A questionnaire was distributed to 1150 vocational education teachers in state regional vocational technical schools, regional vocational agriculture centers, and public school systems; 680 responded. Three basic questions were asked: Are vocational educators being served by the existing network of Teacher Centers?, Is the model a reasonable and practical approach to serving vocational educators' needs?, and If it is, what provisions of format, governance, and geography must be made to ensure success? Findings indicated most respondents were unaware of the existence of a Teacher Center near them and its services. Respondents rated their experiences with Teacher Centers as effective 50% of the time. The majority indicated they would utilize a Center to meet professional and personal needs. They felt a need for creation of local or regional centers designed specifically for vocational educators. Information was also collected on how educators met professional development needs. Recommendations for future development included expansion of services of existing centers and regional services through a regional educational service center. (Twenty tables and the questionnaire are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Capitol Region Education Council, West Hartford, CT.