ERIC Number: ED368937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Professional Development for Technology Education: Results of a National Study.
Daugherty, Michael K.; Boser, Richard A.
A study was conducted to ascertain the extent to which colleges and universities are integrating new technology education curriculum activities into teacher inservice and professional development programs. Information was gathered by developing a questionnaire, pilot testing it, and mailing it to 50 selected colleges and universities for completion. Twenty-nine usable questionnaires were returned (58 percent). Each of these 29 institutions reported sponsoring at least one inservice activity in the past year. The inservice activities provided typically emphasized new technologies and teaching methods consistent with contemporary directions in technology education. Inservice topics were typically selected and planned with some form of teacher input. University personnel assumed the leadership role in a large majority of inservice events. Summer workshops and teacher institute days were the most common formats for the delivery of inservice professional development. Two-thirds of the institutions reported assuming some of the financial responsibility for inservice activities. Little or no follow-up or evaluation of the outcomes of inservice activities occurred. The following recommendations were made: the technology education profession should develop a publication that highlights and publicizes exceptional inservice and professional development activities; stakeholders in technology education should collaborate to increase the involvement of teachers in the preparation and evaluation of inservice activities; and more efforts should be made to evaluate and follow up inservice activities. Appendixes include the survey instrument, a list of institutions participating, respondents' comments, and a sample agenda from a teacher's conference program. (Contains 22 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Technology Teacher Education, Reston, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A