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ERIC Number: ED399463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 37
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Educating the Professionals through School-based Partnerships.
Bainer, Deborah L.; And Others
The impact of school-agency partnerships on the professional development of the agency personnel working with teachers on partnership teams was examined in a qualitative study of 18 of 157 natural resources, business, and health care agency professionals identified as having participated in elementary school-based partnerships for 1-6 years in a midwestern state. The professionals were interviewed by telephone to collect demographic information and ascertain how participation in school-based partnerships had affected their attitudes toward schooling/teachers/students and their mastery of Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) skills/competencies. The interviews confirmed that participation in a school-based partnership did indeed enhance all three groups' professional development. All three groups of professionals credited participation in a school-based partnership with improving (at least minimally) their competence in many of the 25 SCANS skills/competencies investigated. The natural resources professionals reported the highest levels of professional development, especially in the following areas: interpersonal skills/personal qualities, thinking and basic skills, and managing resources/information. Professional development occurred among the business professionals as well, albeit not as widely or as uniformly as in the case of the natural resources professionals. The health care professionals expressed more focused professional growth than did the natural resources professionals. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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