ERIC Number: ED348746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Integrating Staff Development and Organization Development: An Empirical Study of Staff Developers.
Vojtek, RoseAnne O'Brien
Findings of a study that explored the role of staff developers in integrating staff development with organizational development are presented in this paper. Staff development (SD) is defined as professional development for individuals to improve student instruction; organizational development (OD) is defined as professional development for groups to improve school culture. The study was conducted by the University of Oregon's Center for Organizational Development in Schools during the 1990-91 year. A survey mailed to 522 members of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) elicited 115 usable responses, a 22 percent response rate. Telephone interviews were also conducted with 36 NSDC members. Findings suggest that staff developers: (1) have ambiguous roles and job descriptions; (2) have less knowledge and practice in executing a classical OD macrodesign than they have in regard to specific OD skills; (3) perceive themselves as effective group process facilitators; (4) encourage participatory management styles; and (5) are beginning to involve support staff. A positive relationship exists between knowledge, involvement, and effective integration of staff development with organizational development. Seven charts are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).