ERIC Number: ED199240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
A Comparison of Centralized and Decentralized Inservice Education Programs: Teacher Involvement, Program Characteristics, and Job Satisfaction.
Inservice programs that are likely to accomplish their objectives are characterized by: (1) differentiated training experiences; (2) teachers in active roles; (3) an emphasis on demonstration, supervised trials, and feedback; (4) sharing and mutual assistance; (5) activities linked to a general effort of the school; (6) teachers who choose goals for themselves; and (7) self-initiated, self-directed training activities. This study compared these desirable program characteristics as they existed in both centralized (district-based) programs and decentralized (school-based) programs. A survey conducted in 128 schools in Texas revealed greater overall satisfaction with programs classified as decentralized than with those identified as centralized. Recommendations are offered for general improvement of inservice programs. A copy of the survey instrument is appended. (JD)
Descriptors: Centralization, College School Cooperation, Comparative Analysis, Decentralization, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Locus of Control, Self Determination, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (5th, San Diego, CA, December 8, 1980). Colored pages may not reproduce clearly.