ERIC Number: ED357211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
The Role of Colleges and Universities in Providing In-Service Programs for Technology Education.
Daugherty, Michael K.; Boser, Richard A.
A study was conducted to determine the role of colleges and universities in providing inservice programs for technology education and the extent to which those inservice activities emphasized contemporary technology education. Data were gathered through a review of relevant literature, development of a questionnaire, and a mailed survey of 50 colleges and universities that were identified as actively involved in technology teacher education. The findings are based on the responses of the 29 institutions (58 percent), located in 22 states, that returned completed survey forms. The results included the following: (1) colleges and universities that are active in preservice technology teacher preparation are actively involved in inservice and professional development for classroom teachers; (2) inservice activities provided by this group of institutions typically emphasize new technologies and teaching methods consistent with contemporary directions in technology education; (3) inservice topics were typically selected and planned with some form of teacher input; (4) university personnel assumed a leadership role in most inservice events; (5) summer workshops and teacher institute days were the most common formats for the delivery of inservice professional development; (6) the average inservice participant was 31-40 years old and had between 5-12 years of teaching experience; (7) about half of the institutions offered inservice sessions with no monetary or release time support of teachers who attend inservice professional development activities; and (8) little or no evaluation of the outcomes of inservice activities is occurring. Recommendations are made to publicize exceptional inservice activities, to increase collaboration of university personnel with other stakeholders in technology education, and to increase evaluation of inservice programs. Appendixes include the survey instrument, a list of the institutions that participated in the survey, respondents' comments on the survey, and an example of a teacher's conference program. (Contains 22 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Technology Teacher Education, Reston, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A