ERIC Number: ED374262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Professional Development and Needs Assessment Project Report.
Thomas, Audrey M.
Adult basic education (ABE) teachers and administrators in British Columbia find it difficult to attend an annual conference because they are on short-term contracts or do not have budget or time to travel. A project was conducted to address their need for professional development. During the first part of the project, a needs assessment was conducted. A questionnaire was developed and mailed to about 550 adult education practitioners in British Columbia, with a response rate of about 50 percent. The greatest rate of return was from the northwest region, although the greatest number of replies were received from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Sixty-two percent of the respondents were instructors, 14 percent combined some instruction with responsibilities for program coordination, another 16 percent were coordinators only, and the remainder were in miscellaneous positions. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents had 1-10 years experience in ABE, and 35 percent had more than 10 years in the field. Almost half of the respondents had never attended an annual conference on ABE. Respondents rated 10 topics most important for their professional development: learner diagnosis and assessment, creating learning materials, strategies for teaching people with learning difficulties, strategies for teaching critical thinking, strategies for teaching reading, strategies for teaching writing, strategies for computer-assisted instruction, counseling topics, strategies for teaching numeracy, and strategies for teaching life skills. Based on this needs assessment, a series of 8 workshops, attended by a total of more than 100 educators, were conducted throughout the province. (The needs assessment instrument and workshop outlines are appended to the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Workshops
Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia, 926 - 510 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V68 IL8, Canada (limited copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).; British Columbia Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, Victoria.
Authoring Institution: Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada