ERIC Number: ED251410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Expanding Frontiers: Analyzing the Implementation of Public Schools Professional Development Programs.
Scarbrough, William; And Others
The primary purpose of a staff development program entitled "Skills for Effective Teaching," which was adapted in a Virginia public school district, was to teach effective instructional skills to teachers who did not possess or demonstrate those skills. The program was also aimed at retaining and reinforcing the effective instructional skills exhibited by the staff and improving the quality of existing staff development practices. Two groups of teachers (program and non-program) were observed to determine their demonstrated instructional skills. The program group received one-day training sessions specific to each of the five program objectives during the academic semester. At the end of this period, all teachers (program and non-program) were again observed to determine their demonstrated instructional skills. "Program" teachers were also surveyed as to their perceptions regarding the worth of the staff development program. The five basic instructional skills emphasized in the program are outlined and described. A discussion is presented on the research methodology used to analyze the findings. Results indicate that the Skills for Effective Teaching professional development program holds promise as a viable teacher performance development program. The research instrument used is appended as well as data obtained from the study. (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 Eastern Educational Research Association (West Palm Beach, FL, February 9, 1984).