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ERIC Number: ED369751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 32
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Exploring Staff Development Theories: The Ames Study.
Joyce, Bruce; And Others
This paper describes a multidimensional staff development program implemented by the Ames (Iowa) Community Schools, involving 11 schools, 350 teachers, and 5,000 students. Three governance options in staff development were established: the Individual Growth Fund which supported teachers in defraying the costs of individually selected staff development activities, school-wide action research, and a district-level study of models of teaching language arts that favor literature-based approaches. Faculties organized themselves into study groups to increase collegial interaction in the study of teaching and curriculum and to implement teaching strategies and curriculum changes, and consultative services were provided. Interviews with 64 teachers revealed that the Individual Growth Fund, the action research initiative, and the models of teaching language arts initiative had resulted in worthwhile changes and should be continued. Results indicated that: (1) school-wide action research was effective in generating initiatives and satisfaction and in improving cohesiveness; (2) a carefully articulated and supported centralized initiative can succeed; (3) well-designed initiatives can be implemented during the first year, rather than requiring use of a gradualistic approach; (4) age was not a factor in satisfaction or implementation of staff development; and (5) there was a link between student achievement and staff development. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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