ERIC Number: ED289849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-11
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher In-Service Education: A Needs Assessment.
Kirby, Jill S.; Bailey, Carolyn J.
The involvement of teaching and administrative staff in a decision making procedure that focuses upon their perceived needs has been recognized as central to the success of a staff development program. This concept was the premise upon which the University of Alabama/Livingston Teacher In-Service Center conducted a needs assessment and planned its activities for 1986-87. The Center is one of eleven in the state charged with providing public school personnel with rigorous inservice training in identified critical needs areas. Prior to initiation of Center activities, several needs assessments were conducted to ascertain perceived training needs and priorities of personnel. Through two training cycles, these needs assessments were updated annually using data gathered from individual workshop evaluations. Because these data were generated exclusively by workshop participants, determining the needs of personnel who had not yet been served by the Center was considered important. In order to accomplish this, a region-wide population survey of personnel in 12 school systems was conducted. This paper describes procedures used in conducting the survey, results obtained, and application of the results in planning inservice workshop offerings. The survey instrument is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Mobile, AL, November 11, 1987).