ERIC Number: ED249609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Changing Educational Practice through Continuing Professional Development Programs.
Rossmiller, Richard A.
Research studies have found a number of teacher-related variables that are associated with student achievement. Professional development activities designed to improve the knowledge and skill of teachers can help students improve academically. In investigating the motivation for professional development, the findings of several researchers support the conclusion that teachers are motivated to participate in continuing professional development activities primarily by intrinsic factors. Evaluation results of an Australian inservice program for educational administrators indicate that well-designed continuing professional development programs can change the behavior of participants. In addition, research on effective schools has shown the important role of the school principal in encouraging and supporting the continuing professional development of teachers. Several elements essential for or conducive to effective professional development programs are identified and discussed briefly. A 17-item bibliography is appended. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Inter-American Congress on Educational Administration (2nd, Brasilia, Brazil, July 29-August 2, 1984).