ERIC Number: ED347664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Holistic Individualized Approaches to Staff Development in Schools.
Davies, Owen K.; Seagren, Alan T.
Findings of a study that examined effective approaches to the professional development of teachers are presented in this paper. Methodology involved a survey of principals in New South Wales, Australia, and the United States; an evaluation of 379 inschool staff development programs in New South Wales; case study analysis of 8 New South Wales schools with exemplary staff development programs; a longitudinal study of a New South Wales primary school; and case study analysis of 5 successful individuals in New South Wales and the United States. Findings indicate that the cultural factors crucial to professional development included the principal's role, school culture, and models of teacher change. A holistic, individualized approach to staff development requires understanding the dynamics of interpersonal interaction. Components of effective teacher development programs include written plans, effective leadership, staff involvement, and positive support systems. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Excellence in Education Conference (Lincoln, NE, April 7-9, 1992).