ERIC Number: ED191252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment for Inservice Education: Building Local Programs.
Davis, Sharon A.; And Others
The monograph addresses issues in needs assessment for the inservice education of teachers of handicapped children. Chapter 1, "Self Diagnosis Regarding Needs Assessment" (M. Walker), emphasizes the importance of local personnel involvement and provides a checklist for readers to assess their knowledge on the context, methodology, and application. G. Kuh, in "The State of the Art of Needs Assessment in Education," defines the concept and related operational issues and answers 15 questions which should be asked when planning and conducting a needs assessment. S. Davis ("Planning and Conducting A Needs Assessment") examines steps in the process, describes strategies for data collection, and reviews considerations for selecting such strategies as interviews, observations, the Delphi technique, and group process techniques. "Needs Assessment in Practice" by S. Davis et al. offers examples of the process in four local inservice education programs and identifies successful aspects of the needs assessment activities. P. Mann ("Critical Issues and Persistent Problems") discusses the importance of collaborative planning among administrators, community members, and teachers; and reviews the issues of credibility and program justification. In a final chapter ("Benefits of Effective Needs Assessment") M. Walker views mainstreaming from an ecological perspective and suggests that increased local ability to conduct inservice education can have a ripple effect on levels of the exosystem and the macrosystem. Among three appendixes are guidelines for constructing questionnaires, an inservice training checklist for regular educators, and an outline of a group process technique. (CL)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Disabilities, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Mainstreaming, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Self Evaluation (Groups), Surveys, Teacher Workshops
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (Free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
Note: ERIC Exceptional Child Education Report Series, IAP No. 79-3.