ERIC Number: ED327176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Using Technology To Support Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators: Implications for State-Level Policy and Planning.
Hixson, Judson; Jones, Beau Fly
There is a need for professional development to enable current and prospective teachers and administrators to enact major educational changes in the organization and operation of elementary and secondary schools. Such changes include redefining the role and responsibilities of schools; understanding the increasingly diverse student population; redefining curricular goals, content, organization, and strategies for instruction; and restructuring the organizational context of schooling. In preparation for these changes teachers must expand their knowledge base, learn "real world" applications for educational technology, and develop new attitudes and beliefs about the teaching and learning process. Access to professional development opportunities must be flexible to encourage teachers to participate in their own growth and self-renewal and to collaborate with other professionals. Preservice and administration preparation should be altered to fit the changing educational environment as well. Technology can be used to extend and make more effective much of the professional development that is currently available in schools, school districts and states. Statewide planning such as development of technology infrastructures and investment funds, reviewing existing certification standards and the effectiveness of professional development opportunities, and developing strategies to use technologies in professional development, are but a few ways that states can become involved in the process of improving instruction. (19 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.
Note: Paper commissioned for the Chief State Officer's State Technology Conference (Minneapolis, MN, April 29-May 2, 1990).