ERIC Number: ED270611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Motivating Experienced School Personnel: Capitalizing on Age-Appropriate Tasks.
A study was made to determine what developmental tasks typify life stages and how schools have used these tasks and their "teachable moments" to increase employee receptivity to staff development. Data came from a review of adult development and staff development literature, observations of innovative staff development procedures used by school systems throughout the United States and Canada, and discussions with providers and receivers of new staff development procedures. The study found that developmental changes do occur across the lifespan and that, as a result, adults at different ages deal with different developmental tasks and issues. Staff development interventions addressing both individual developmental needs and school goals have been put into place in school districts and have been found to be rewarding. Such staff development tends to produce higher levels of enthusiasm and productivity. The specific innovations employed depend on the needs of the employees, the school facilities, school goals and priorities, and the comfort zones of staff developers. Staff development includes such varied techniques as counseling, support, improving school climate, helping people leave teaching, giving staff decision-making power, workshops, and daily listening and concern. The study concluded that staff development means the daily process of helping each employee to maximum growth; knowledge and ability to work with life changes is essential to meeting the needs of school staff and fostering growth. Further research is needed to determine the needs of adults at each age span and to develop the activities that will be most beneficial at each stage. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Aging (Individuals), Developmental Stages, Developmental Tasks, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Midlife Transitions, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, School Personnel, Staff Development
Adult Development and Learning, 40 McDivitt Drive, Manchester, CT 06040 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).