ERIC Number: ED306997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-22
Staff Members as Lifelong Learners.
Stern, Joanne V.
Based on the assumption that all community college staff members should be lifelong learners, this paper outlines the purposes and principles underlying a quality staff development program and enumerates the elements, activities, incentives, and other considerations that are necessary for the program to be successful. First, the purposes of staff development are identified as the improvement of instruction, professional skills, and organizational functioning, as well as personal growth. Next, six principles for a successful staff development program are stated, among them that lifelong learning is a goal for both students and staff; instruction for adult staff members should be based on the principles of androgogy; and staff development emphasizing growth, rather than the remediation of deficiencies, is more likely to facilitate learning and development. Program elements are listed next, including institutional and professional needs assessment, self-assessment, appropriate incentives, a statement of goals, and staff development opportunities. The next section outlines activities to be included in the staff development program, such as summer and year-long institutes, staff retreats, in-house seminars, encounter groups, and attendance at conventions and professional meetings. Next, topics to be considered for inclusion in the development program are suggested, including skills training in educational technology, active involvement in the classroom, conflict resolution, and stress management. The final sections address possible incentives for involvement (e.g., tuition reimbursement and waivers, sabbatical leaves, travel funding, and salary advancement); staffing needs for program administration; the relationship of staff development and performance evaluation; and considerations for program evaluation. Appendixes include a list of the 23 most frequently stated goals for community college staff development programs, a list of topics to be included in a needs assessment survey, and suggested program evaluation criteria. (ALB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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