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ERIC Number: ED207255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-2
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Development and Curriculum Change: What's Good for Teachers is Good for Schools. (Draft).
Louis, Karen Seashore; And Others
This brief report summarizes the staff development benefits that occurred as a result of teachers participating in the Research and Development Utilization Program (RDU). Surveys of 540 teachers revealed the five most frequently cited staff development benefits to be: (1) learning more about curriculum development; (2) learning more about the availability of research- and development-based materials and programs; (3) acquiring new resources for helping other staff members; (4) gaining in self-confidence; and (5) learning more about the problem-solving process. Features of the programs that aided staff development were the use of school-based "local action teams"; the focus of training and the program on actual problems facing teachers in their work; and the use of tested, high quality materials. The report concludes that teachers who participated on a team benefited more than those who did not, and that providing expert training in implementing a new curriculum produced staff development benefits. The study suggests that merging inservice/staff development programs and planned change programs will create a more complimentary use of limited school funds. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Improvement of Practice Program.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.