ERIC Number: ED159143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Decision-Support System for Designing Inservice Programs for Educators: Survey Instruments and Guidelines for Their Use.
Davis, William J.
The purpose of this document is to report a needs assessment questionnaire package based on the position that needs assessment surveys should gather the preferences of prospective participants regarding all modifiable aspects of an inservice program. The package consists of two instruments that may be administered either separately or in combination. The first instrument, the Experience-Interest Inventory, illustrates a form for assessing prospective participants' relative interests and levels of experience regarding a number of program topics. The second instrument, the Design for Staff Development Preference Inventory, asks respondents about areas relevant to the motivational and structural design of the intended inservice program. Each instrument was administered to over five hundred principals of urban and Title I schools across the nation. A preliminary analysis of results suggests that administrative inservice programs fashioned after the preferences of this national sample of principals tend to exhibit higher levels of participant satisfaction with the program than do programs not so designed. The rationale upon which the instruments are posited is discussed. Subsequent sections of the report present the instruments themselves and list computer programs that can be used to score the instruments. The report concludes with a brief description of a "model" inservice program drawn solely from data obtained through application of the questionnaires. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.
Authoring Institution: N/A