ERIC Number: ED404937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Problems, Solutions, and Benefits of Professional Development Schools as Perceived by University Faculty.
Kochan, Frances K.
This study surveyed college faculty about the establishment of professional development schools (PDSs) to raise the status of teaching as a profession and transform teacher education. A total of 58 faculty attending a conference sponsored by the Holmes Group Initiative on the development and implementation of PDSs completed a survey on the problems they had encountered in establishing PDSs, strategies they had used to overcome these problems, and the benefits of engaging in these endeavors. Ten categories of problems were identified: time constraints, conflicting demands, logistics, lack of commitment, lack of shared vision, mistrust, funding, external factors, rewards, and traditions. Various strategies were used to overcome these problems. The benefits identified in the establishment of PDSs included improved teaching and learning environments, personal and professional development, enhanced research opportunities, and improved relationships. Individual problems, strategies, and benefits are discussed in light of enhancing the development of PDSs. (Contains 18 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Regional Education Research Association (Tuscaloosa, AL, November 6-8, 1996).