ERIC Number: ED254314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Staff Development Activities Conducted in Iowa's Public Elementary Schools.
A study was conducted (1) to ascertain types of staff development activities and procedures being used in public elementary schools in Iowa, and (2) to determine how these procedures compare with principles and guidelines supported by research. Data were collected from a total of 346 randomly selected teachers, principals, and superintendents. The present report is organized around six principles of effective staff development proposed by Gordon Lawrence (1974). Chapter 1 discusses the benefits of inservice education activities linked to a general effort of the school versus "single-shot" activities not part of a general staff development plan. Chapter 2 focuses on teacher involvement in adopting and implementing staff development activities. Activities that place teachers in an active rather than a passive role are discussed in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 elaborates the benefits of individualized inservice training experiences for teachers over common activities for all participants. Chapter 5 discusses inservice training programs that emphasize demonstrations, supervised trials, and feedback. It is argued that such programs are more likely to accomplish their goals than programs in which teachers are expected to store up ideas and behavioral prescriptions for future use. Finally, Chapter 6 discusses peer support during staff development. (AS)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Questionnaires, School Policy, Staff Development, State Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Legislative Extended Assistance Group, N222 OH, University of Iowa, Oakdale, IA 52319 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Authoring Institution: Legislative Extended Assistance Group. Iowa City, IA.
Note: Also funded by the Iowa General Assembly.