ERIC Number: ED156633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Career Development Opportunities for Educational Linking Agents. A Guide to Preliminary Planning and Locating Resources.
Rosenau, Fred S.
Suggestions are made for helping project managers aid educational linking agents in acquiring new skills or sharpening existing skills. These tentative suggestions are grouped into five categories: (l) skill/knowledge domains; (2) setting priorities; (3) choosing among options; (4) selecting trainers; (5) resources. Skill/knowledge priorities identified are problem analysis, information collection and organization, analysis of information, planning, producing, evaluation, dissemination and marketing, communication and implementation. Instrumentation for identifying these needs is provided. All of these needs are not regarded as germane to every linking agent situation. Therefore, priority setting in the development of agent training programs is viewed as necessary on the part of project managers and should involve determination of needed skills, proficiency levels, number of agents needing training, functional job analysis, determination of physical demands, and needed linking agent characteristics. A checklist for the training decision process illustrates priority setting methods. Managers' choice of training options is depicted as involving determination of client and manager desires for linker skills, balancing linker professional growth with organizational needs, and choice among learning experiences. A detailed list of advantages and disadvantages of various instructional methods is provided. A checklist of points to consider in selecting trainers and materials is provided to focus on type of training, need for external trainers, training scope, and other programmatic decisions. Examples of possible staff development resources are provided to illustrate the array of organizations, training/knowledge products, catalogs, newsletters, and funding sources available. (MJB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, Guidelines, Linking Agents, Management Development, Material Development, Needs Assessment, Personnel Selection, Program Development, Resources, Training Methods
Linking Agent Support, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, l855 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Resources Group.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.