ERIC Number: ED145898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Flexible Calendar and Staff Development.
Garlock, Jerry C.
Three questionnaires were used at El Camino College to assess a flexible calendar that allowed ten days between semesters for staff development activities. A locally developed questionnaire on staff development drew responses from 245 instructors (68.6%), a state questionnaire on the flexible calendar was answered by 57% of full-time and 17% of part-time faculty, and an administrator's version received 21 responses. From 30 staff development events, a book fair and two faculty symposiums drew the highest participation. Events with highest interest and personal value included a physical fitness seminar, a coronary pulmonary resuscitation seminar, a learning skills for social sciences workshop, and a readers' theatre. The flexible calendar faculty survey responses indicated that 70% did not drastically revise course content during the shortened 16-week semester provided by the new calendar, and 66% did not feel student achievement was reduced. The elimination of post-Christmas semester continuation was seen as a positive feature by 85%, and 65% did not wish to return to a traditional semester. Individual comments and response distributions by program areas to the questionnaires are appended. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA.