ERIC Number: ED356406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers Learning: An Evaluation of ABE Staff Development in Virginia.
Fingeret, Hanna Arlene; Cockley, Suzanne
The extent to which current staff development mechanisms in Virginia meet adult basic education (ABE) teachers' needs for skill and knowledge development was the focus of an evaluation. (The state's staff development mechanisms were identified as a centralized resource center, a regionalized training program, a centralized annual conference, and a statewide newsletter.) Data were gathered through the following methods: individual interviews with 50 teachers and administrators; a mail survey of 360 teachers, volunteers, and administrators (72 responses); and focus group interviews with approximately 50 staff, gathered in 6 regional sites throughout the state. The study found that the extent to which any one staff development activity is useful depends upon teacher characteristics and how teachers connect it to their own situation and ways of learning. It also found that development of a staff development system has to do with creating relationships among the delivery structures and across contexts, while remaining respectful of the authority of teachers' knowledge. Staff development and program development must be connected. Recommendations were made for development of a staff development system, local and regional staff development through cluster training, and various staff development programs for administrators and state and local staff. Recommendations also were made to improve the resource center and the newsletter. (The report includes the study questionnaire and lists 26 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Office of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Adult Educators Research Network, Dayton.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia