ERIC Number: ED207255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-2
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)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Research Utilization, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Participation, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Improvement of Practice Program.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.