ERIC Number: ED210251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Attitudes Toward In-Service Programs.
Theis, Al, Jr.
A review is presented of recent literature concerning teachers' attitudes toward inservice programs. One of the studies concluded that items that teachers like at inservice meetings are: (1) active involvement; (2) teaching; (3) practical information; (4) meetings that are short and to the point; (5) in-depth treatment of one concept; (6) well organized meetings; (7) variety; (8) an incentive to come; (9) occasional inspirational speakers; and (10) to visit other schools to observe other teachers. Other studies maintained that teachers disliked all inservice programs or had conflicting attitudes. There appeared to be general agreement that inservice programs should be planned cooperatively between teachers and administrators and evaluated on mutually agreed upon and understood criteria. Teachers indicated approval of programs that are problem based and task centered, as well as activity oriented, systematic, continuous, and individualized. An important factor was that programs be flexible and site specific. Extension college courses seemed to be more popular than campus courses. The factors of distance from home, individual needs, and the reputation of the course and instructor were important. Salary increase was a universal motivation for teachers seeking inservice programs. Researchers have concluded that, for the most part, teachers recognize their own weaknesses and volunteer for inservice training which addresses their needs. (JD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Program Attitudes, Program Design, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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