ERIC Number: ED392423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Constructive Approach to Staff Development and Educational Change.
Stager, Gary S.
Since 1990 the author has designed and led staff development activities for 12 Australian schools in which every child is asked to own a notebook computer. Workshops are designed to inspire teachers to lead each other in the transition from traditional methodology to universal personal computing. This paper provides a case study of a school in Melbourne (Australia) which embarked on such a transition in 1989, where the computer became an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. Staff development strategies which have attempted to bolster teacher confidence and accommodate individual teacher learning styles are: in-classroom collaborations among teachers; 3-day "slumber parties" featuring extended periods of project brainstorming; and building a book on the personal computer. General suggestions for success in similar situations are listed, including off-site institutes and in-school sabbaticals. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/BEW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation, Microcomputers, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Workshops, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Notebook Computers; Teacher Enthusiasm
Note: In: "Emerging Technologies, Lifelong Learning, NECC '95"; see IR 017 705.