ERIC Number: ED279789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Principles and Techniques for Effective ABE Staff Development.
National Adult Basic Education Staff Development Consortium, Washington, DC.
The National Adult Basic Education (ABE) Development Consortium developed a set of staff development principles and techniques from staff training literature and surveyed professional ABE staff developers regarding their appropriateness. Of 65 surveys distributed at a Florida conference and mailed to other interested practitioners, 35 were returned (54 percent). Of the 70 principles identified, 17 were ranked at an average of 2.7 or above on a 0-3 scale of appropriateness. Highly ranked general principles stress the importance of a positive climate for professional development, including both physical and psychological comfort. Participants are valued for their experience and professionalism, and activities relate to an individual's conceptual framework. Staff development activities are more likely to be successful, according to the rating scale, when the participants choose their involvement and when training is linked to an individual professional development plan. Evaluation is an integral component of ABE staff development and influences future planning and implementation of staff development activities. Other successful activities also take into account participant needs; effectiveness also results when new practices are clearly and explicitly presented by credible staff developers. Of the 39 techniques identified, five were ranked 2.7 or above. Techniques ranked highly stressed time and practice and nonjudgmental feedback, reinforced the perception of adult educators as facilitators versus teachers, were closely related to curriculum development, and involved well-organized, competent ABE staff developers. A staff development assessment guide will be prepared using the findings of this study. (Lists, with study rankings, of 24 general principles of staff development, 17 principles for planning staff development, 29 principles for staff development implementation, and 39 ABE staff development techniques are provided. Also included are a chart of components of effective inservice training and a list of 19 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Adult Basic Education Staff Development Consortium, Washington, DC.
Note: Supersedes ED 274 785.