ERIC Number: ED243849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Current Status of Staff Development Activities for Teachers: A "Loose Coupling" Interpretation.
Gall, Meredith D.; And Others
A study sought objective information about inservice activities for teachers and the extent to which these activities incorporated elements identified as effective through research. The focus was on the teachers who were recipients of inservice programs rather than the programs themselves. The interviews involved three school districts and two elementary schools within each district. Participants were a central office administrator from each district, principals of the schools, and six teachers from each school. Four research questions were asked: (1) How much inservice is currently received by teachers and sponsored by administrators? (2) What form do current inservice activities take, and how does this compare with recommended practice? (3) What percentage of activities are in basic skills? and (4) How effective and satisfactory is current inservice? Results are discussed within the framework of the different roles of teachers and administrators and the priorities those roles imposed upon them. Teachers perceived inservice as relevant when it was tightly coupled to actual school curriculum and instruction. Administrators loosely coupled inservice programs with needs assessment, priority goals, educational research and development, and improvement of school systems. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). This paper is excerpted from a longer report, "The Relationship between Inservice Education Practices and Effectiveness of Basic Skills Instruction," by the same authors.