ERIC Number: ED243871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Using Research to Enhance Staff Development: A Collaboration between a State Education Agency and an Independent Research Organization.
Rappa, Joseph B.; Brown, Patricia P.
In 1981, TDR Associates, a private, independent research organization in Newton, Massachusetts, began a two and one-half year study of "Knowledge Utilization and School Improvement Through Staff Initiated Inservice Programs." This study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Education and conducted under an arrangement with the Commonwealth Inservice Institute of the Massachusetts Department of Education. More than an attempt in bridging the gap between research and practice, this effort has resulted in an example of mutual adjustment, where application of practitioners' situational knowledge or social intelligence has improved and informed the research process. The central hypothesis of the study is that participant needs and engaging workshop process are important, but that alone they comprise an incomplete account of knowledge acquistion/use in staff inservice. In addition to participant and workshop characteristics, this research explores the role of such contextual factors as school and district climate, supervisor support, peer relations, student needs, and job satisfaction in inservice outcomes. The research combines quantitative and qualitative methods and has proceeded according to three interactive and interdependent phases. (JMK)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Information Utilization, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, School Role, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: TDR Associates, Inc., Newton, MA.; Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Commonwealth Inservice Inst.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Research Practice Relationship
Note: For related documents, see SP 024 317-323.