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ERIC Number: ED345890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Staff Development in Rural Communities.
Knapczyk, Dennis; And Others
This paper describes a staff development approach that linked university faculty to rural schools in order to provide teachers with ongoing in-service training. The focus of the training was on improving educational and support services to children and youth who are mildly disabled or at risk. The program consisted of six self-contained training modules that incorporated traditional coursework with practicum activities. This program has generated some solutions for improving staff development in rural settings, including: (1) linking rural schools and outside experts through audiographic computer systems that simultaneously transmit voice and graphic images; (2) encouraging staff ownership of training so that the schools and the university share responsibility for planning and delivering training sessions; (3) improving on-the-job performance by training teachers to apply the concepts immediately to real-life classroom situations; and (4) fostering stronger collaboration among rural teachers through cooperative learning projects. Distance education and communication technologies can give teachers in rural communities opportunities to upgrade their skills when more conventional forms of training are not available to them. This approach also allows flexibility in developing training activities that are well-suited to the needs of rural communities. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana