ERIC Number: ED251901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
School Improvement in Pennsylvania--Curriculum and Instruction Issues for the Technical Assistant.
DeFlaminis, John A.; Nicely, Robert F., Jr.
The following considerations are of major importance to the persons who act as technical assisters for the Long Range Plan for School Improvement (LRPSI) in Pennsylvania: (1) long-range planning should be viewed as a deliberative and participative process; its steps should not be considered in isolation from each other; (2) comprehensive needs assessment strategies should reflect current developments and provide an ordered sequence of assessment in both curriculum and instruction; (3) although Section I of the LRPSI emphasizes the development of strategies for curriculum development, there is a pressing need also for strategies concerning instructional improvement; (4) technical assisters should prepare implementation and evaluation guidelines to make up for the lack of such guidelines in the LRPSI; and (5) technical assistance should continue throughout the 5 years of the LRPSI. Although the knowledge base available to technical assisters is greater than ever before, the set of problems they have to face has also increased in complexity due to cutbacks in school personnel and funding. Technical assisters can best maintain and build their collective capacity to help bring about school improvement by encouraging collaborative problem solving, promising no more than they can deliver, and striving for continuity of services despite cutbacks. (JBM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Consultants, Consultation Programs, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidance, Instructional Improvement, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Problem Solving, Professional Services, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Retrenchment, State Programs, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.