ERIC Number: ED352852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for Expanding and Enhancing Adult Education Staff Development in Pennsylvania.
Leahy, Meredyth A.
The purpose of this report was to develop a plan for adult education staff development directed towards enhancing and expanding the delivery of training to Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) staff in Pennsylvania. It is intended to provide guidance and direction to adult education staff development in the state, and to do so in a way that allows both short-term (i.e., GED teacher training) and long-term (i.e., increased participation) goals. Staff development activities since the 1950s are reviewed, including the 1972-75 regional adult education staff development efforts funded by the U.S. Office of Education. A short review of the literature covers the philosophy of staff development, assumptions regarding staff development, and competencies of the staff development specialist. Approaches to and issues of staff development in Pennsylvania, including the production of a "Handbook for ABE in Pennsylvania," are discussed, and efforts in other states (Virginia, Oregon, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, and New Mexico) are similarly reviewed. Among the 20 recommendations for a revitalized staff development program in Pennsylvania are the following: centralize the program; make a 3-year commitment; divide the state into six regions to facilitate data collection, program evaluation, etc.; relate goals and objectives directly to the goals set forth in the state plan; establish close ties with local programs; and provide staff development specific to the needs of program directors. Issues in GED teacher training and priorities for ABE/ESL teachers are also described. It is concluded that staff development in Pennsylvania is problem-ridden but crucial because current methods are neither sufficient nor reliable. (LB) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania