ERIC Number: ED308412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Instructor Technical Currency: Effectiveness of Activities, Barriers and Updating Needs.
Leske, Gary W.; Persico, John, Jr.
A study investigated whether instructors in schools with formal staff development programs were more technologically up to date than instructors in schools with less formal programs. The study used existing data from program evaluations of five postsecondary technical institute (TI) instructors. A survey instrument collected data from 120 (of a sample of 153) postsecondary TI instructors. Findings indicated that formalized staff development programs were not identified within the TIs. Respondents rated workshops, conferences, and seminars sponsored by business and industry as the most effective updating activity. Other activities in descending order of rated effectiveness were work-experience internships, activities sponsored by professional and trade organizations, and industry observation and visits. Forty hours appeared to be the upper limit on time committed to an individual staff development activity. Instructors rated "not enough time in schedule" as the most substantial barrier to being technologically current. They indicated a "high need" for updating. Instructor-suggested criteria for assessing the technical currency of an instructor fell into typical categories: knowledge, work activity, updating activity, attitude/motivation, external evaluations, teaching activities, and performance test. (The instrument and 24 references are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Refresher Courses, Retraining, Skill Obsolescence, State Surveys, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Technical Institutes, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.; Minnesota State Board of Vocational-Technical Education, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Minnesota Research and Development Center for Vocational Education.