ERIC Number: ED217527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Effects of the Innovations Program on Teacher Development.
Malcolm, Clifford K.; Owen, John M.
To enhance the professional development of teachers and encourage an ongoing climate of innovation and reform, while providing for direct benefits for students, Australia's Schools Commission instituted a program allowing funds for curricular innovation to be granted directly to teachers. Interviews with a random sample of 45 of these grantees, whose projects were completed in 1978 and 1979, provided data from which several general conclusions could be drawn: first, many grantees stepped by choice into stressful situations; second, most of the grantees were aware of and valued the professional development prospects inherent in their projects; third, a wide consensus existed on the direction of change constituting professional growth for teachers, and grantees were considerably influenced by this view of professionalism; fourth, professional growth occurred primarily during project implementation, though some aspects of growth also occurred during the evaluation phase; fifth, most teachers felt their projects had a positive impact on their colleagues, school morale, and school-community relations; and sixth, the extent of personal change in grantees was more closely linked to the time and effort they committed to their projects than to the type, cost, or setting of the projects. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Teacher Initiated Activities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, November 1981).