ERIC Number: ED236420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Instructor Training. Background Paper.
Norton, Robert E.
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education's performance-based teacher education (PBTE) materials have been widely adopted and have had a marked impact on vocational instructor training and staff development. It has been found that the cooperative development procedures, extensive field testing, and the numerous institutional, state, regional, and national workshops conducted to train resource persons contributed significantly to the dissemination of the concepts and materials and to the implementation of PBTE programs. Evidence indicates that PBTE programs are having a long-term impact on improving the quality and competence of vocational teachers and instructors. They have also increased the productivity of some teacher education programs by shortening the time required for certification. The PBTE movement has added emphasis to a competency-based approach for both students and teachers. Because of the success of the National Center's materials, additional materials are being developed using the same basic research, development, and dissemination methodology. A multistate consortium effort is also supporting the development of competency-based modules designed specifically for the preparation of local administrators of secondary and postsecondary vocational programs. An evaluation determined that PBTE concepts and materials provide a promising alternative to the more conventional methods of instructor and leadership training, and the National Center is available to help develop and implement such materials for those who need them. (Two case studies of PBTE in use in teacher preparation programs, along with a list of the PBTE modules, are included in the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Education, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Material Development, Outcomes of Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Training
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Center for Research Vocational Education
Note: Prepared for the International Conference of Vocational Educators sponsored by the American Vocational Association and the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (Anaheim, CA, December 1-6, 1983).