ERIC Number: ED357795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Skills Development: Vocational Education Resource Package.
Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Designed to assist community college administrators and faculty in enhancing vocational education programs and services, this resource package provides descriptions of successful staff development programs in place in the California Community Colleges (CCC) and discusses key elements and common obstacles to implementing such programs. Following a brief introduction, the report describes three staff development programs in place in the CCC: (1) Promoting Access to Vocational Education, a cooperative program at 12 colleges training facilitators to design outreach and instructional strategies for limited English proficient students; (2) Classroom Assessment Techniques, formative, action-oriented activities used in the classroom to make both instructors and students more aware of the learning process, which are disseminated at workshops held at individual colleges; and (3) X-Rated Teachers, developed at Sacramento City College to unite vocational education instructors with other educators in workshops to improve approaches to teaching basic skills. Next, the report reviews successful elements in implementing skills workshops, including conducting needs assessments, being aware of the resources that are available, including faculty in the planning and delivery of workshops, initiating workshops with mandatory attendance, and using follow-up questionnaires to evaluate workshop effectiveness. The final section describes the most common obstacle to implementing development programs (i.e., faculty resistance to changing their teaching and training styles) and offers recommendations. A list of program contact people is included. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.