ERIC Number: ED405306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Development Needs Assessment Survey.
Azin-Manley, Mariam; And Others
The Staff Development Needs Assessment Survey was sent to all teachers, pupil services personnel, and administrators in Wyoming school districts. Of these, 1501 surveys from teachers and pupil services personnel (23 percent) and 138 administrator surveys (35 percent) were returned. The needs assessment was designed to address: (1) current staff development activity; (2) planning for staff development; (3) quality of staff development; and (4) amount of affective and budgetary support. The results of the study revealed several important points. First, Wyoming educators typically described staff development as a group inservice activity, and indicated that participation in ongoing job embedded staff development activities remained relatively infrequent. Second, there was a disparity in perceptions between administrators and their staffs regarding decisions about staff development and levels of staff participation in making staff development decisions; administrators were more likely to report teachers' involvement in all aspects of staff development than were teachers themselves. Further findings revealed a critical lack of attention and resources dedicated to support of staff development. Finally, study findings indicated that when staff is involved in planning staff development they tend to be more satisfied with it, support it more, and use it in their classrooms. (ND)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Participative Decision Making, Principals, School Personnel, Staff Development, Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
Center for School Improvement, Region V, Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Box 4605, Jackson, WY 83001 (instruments only).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming