ERIC Number: ED395453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Using a Participatory Conference Model for Planning Collaborative, Decentralized Professional Development. A Project of the German Teaching Community in Canada.
Enns, Esther E.; Jahn, Juergen
The planning, design, development, and implementation of a conference of Canadian German teachers to promote a collaborative, decentralized approach to professional development are described. The report begins with an overview of the professional development situation among German teachers in Canada. Particular focus is on efforts to make fundamental changes in the format of development programs by building teachers' individual motivation for and interest in professional development activities and their ability to participate in continuous learning, implementing a participatory, interactive conference model, and structuring a national professional association supporting this model. The theoretical background for such a model is also outlined. The process of creating a participatory conference is then detailed, including the establishment of objectives, design of the conference format, preliminary planning, creation of an opening information fair, and use of round-table discussions and action groups. The conference process is then described from the organizers' perspective, including many logistical issues and considerations and follow-up activities. Additional planning notes are provided in an appendix. (MSE)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Change Strategies, Conferences, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, German, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Language Teachers, Models, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Associations, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Calgary Univ. (Alberta).