ERIC Number: ED359149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Staff Development: Focused Interviews in Pilot Schools. Formative Evaluation. Research Report #90/91-32.
This study evaluated the School-Based Staff Development (SBSD) pilot project of the Scarborough (Ontario) Board of Education. The evaluation is based on interviews with representatives of the eight elementary and four secondary schools participating in the project. Findings indicated that: (1) schools were extremely positive in their response to the project; (2) staff development initiatives were seen as part of the schools' Curriculum Management Plan or Curriculum Implementation Project; (3) benefits of SBSD included focusing efforts on identified goals and needs, increasing conference participation, increasing collaborative thinking and planning, improving instruction, and changing attitudes toward professional development; (4) obstacles to success included lack of time, cynical attitudes about professional development, limited funds, and bureaucratic problems; and (5) schools identified a large number of activities that would not have occurred without the SBSD initiative, such as workshops for school staff designed and led by teachers, staff retreats for curriculum development, and cross-grade and cross-division planning. An appendix contains interview questions and statistical data from the interviews. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scarborough Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre Program Dept.