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ERIC Number: ED126035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Variables That Determine the Effectiveness of Teacher In-Service Workshops.
Peters, Richard; Schnare, Gordon
The purpose of any inservice workshop program is threefold: the educational enrichment of teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists, and administrators; recertification credit; and direct teacher involvement in the decision-making process of the school system. In 1973 the National Institute of Education (NIE) funded an Experimental Schools Program (ESP) project in northern New Hampshire that developed an inservice program for teachers providing direct teacher involvement in program development. Three distinct but interrelated instructional formats were developed and employed; workshops, minishops, and skillshops. During the 1975-76 school year the ESP project staff devised both a teacher/staff and administrator/supervisor questionnaire for obtaining evaluative feedback regarding the character and value of inservice training workshops. Data analysis reveals that workshops are perceived by classroom teachers as an effective inservice training vehicle with the most crucial characteristic being the organization of subject matter and content. Another crucial element was found to be the applicability of learned techniques in the classroom. Later during the school term those classroom teachers enrolled in an eight-session, inservice "Underachievers Workshop" were surveyed to determine the crucial factors to the success of the activity as: (1) the instructor's understanding of the character, capabilities and needs of students; (2) subject matter and content; (3) workshop methods; (4) relevance of content to daily teaching tasks; and (5) skills, methods, or techniques taught. (Appendixes contain copies of the questionnaires, sample items, and scores.) (DMT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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