ERIC Number: ED336341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Conceptions of the Principles and Practices of Effective Staff Development: A Caribbean Perspective.
Clarke, Desmond C.
This research focused on the perceptions of primary teachers (N=337) in the Eastern Caribbean concerning the principles, activities, and delivery strategies that would inform staff development efforts to meet their professional needs. In particular, the research sought to establish whether, given the sharp contextual differences between the Eastern Caribbean and the developed countries in which most of the published research has been done, there was a corresponding difference in orientation with respect to teachers' perceptions of the principles and practices that constitute effective staff development. Findings indicate that none of the independent variables (teaching experience, level of training, grade level taught) had any significant influence on the teachers' perceptions of the principles which should undergird staff development. The data suggest a strong endorsement of the process-oriented approach to staff development and a preference for problem-based active learning modes which are overtly clinical. A high priority was accorded to a team approach to staff development, representing a strong call for more school-based input. The data showed that the teachers endorsed the participatory, process-oriented model prevalent in the literature of more developed countries. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Caribbean Islands
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (Miami, FL, November 27-December 1, 1990).