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ERIC Number: ED320726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 166
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An Analysis of a Staff Development Intervention in Rural Schools.
Lawson, Gayla Juan Hughes
This study examines variables that affect staff development in rural schools. It examines systematically delivered rural staff development intervention in 28 rural schools in five states representative of the Southwest--Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. The study, involving 700 teachers, tests 18 hypotheses based largely on research, experience, and literature from non-rural settings. It examines 24 variables related to staff development intervention, in order to construct a predictive model of context variables supporting the use of effective strategies for staff training. Initial site variables tested were: average daily attendance, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), number of teachers and administrators, selection of site, proximity to the nearest institution of higher learning (IHE), and a perceptual measure of site's instructional focus. Training variables included: administrative participation, incentives offered, time of day held, release time allowed, number of participants, source of trainer, and training observation. Teacher rate of implementation was measured with the following variables: method of selection for training, gender, grade level, and type of course taught. The study concludes that a number of variables have an effect on the rate that teachers implement new or improved strategies and behaviors following training. Eight predictors were found to account for 56.9% of dependent variable, including: (1) training time of day; (2) number of students at school eligible for free or reduced lunch (SES); (3) administrative participation; (4) nearness to an IHE; (5) incentive provided; (6) high school-level teaching assignment; (7) number of administrators in district; and (8) trainer from an IHE. The study recommends areas of further research. Approximately 100 references are included. (TES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas