ERIC Number: ED371236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Inquiry and Action: A Plan for Adult Education Staff and Professional Development in Virginia. Revised.
Drennon, Cassandra E.
This report presents a conceptual and structural framework for adult education staff development in Virginia. It recommends to Virginia adult educators and policymakers a set of structures to support staff development activities and then offers a philosophy to guide activities within those structures. The report first traces 2 years of a staff development study conducted in Virginia, beginning in July 1991. Profiled are the various support mechanisms proposed and the guiding philosophy of inquiry-based staff development. Additionally, the report poses challenges to all stakeholders in the adult education system, from adult students to policymakers, which would cause a fundamental shift in the approach to staff development. Following the initial inquiry, four action steps are offered: (1) implementing a new system for staff development (advisory boards, state staff development specialist, new practitioner training, learning plans, local support for learning plans, regional enters and workshops, a statewide newsletter, electronic links, a state resource center, summer institutes, a management development institute, and intensive topic institutes); (2) incorporating a philosophy (inquiry-based staff development described versus an expert-directed system); (3) involving others (partnerships, networking, and coalition building); and (4) choices and challenges to adult students and to teachers, aides, volunteers, and General Educational Development test examiners. Three references and the names and addresses of the staff development management planning team are included. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Office of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia