ERIC Number: ED376569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Integrating Technology into Educational Organizations: The Role of Human Resource Development.
Nash, John B.
The relationship between staff development and the integration of microcomputing into instructional practice is examined. Data were obtained from a survey of all public school districts in a midwestern state (N=427). The questionnaire elicited information about the districts' integration of microcomputers into instruction and the extent/scope of staff development related to microcomputers. The analysis is based on Joyce and Showers' model (1988) that identifies the following components of an effective staff-development program: (1) information or theory about the training topic; (2) live and mediated demonstration; (3) opportunities for practice in the training setting and work place; (4) feedback on performance; and (5) peer coaching. Findings tended to support Joyce and Showers' theory of staff development in the three ways. First, if greater student contact with microcomputers is a goal of public schools, then good staff development is related to that success. Second, good staff development may occur more readily in districts that have a lower pupil-to-computer ratio. And third, quality staff development is key in bringing about greater use of innovative technologies in instruction. Five recommendations for practice are offered. Twenty-two tables are included. Contains 31 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).