ERIC Number: ED412405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Meeting Teachers' Professional Development Needs for School-to-Work Transition: Strategies for Success.
Finch, Curtis R.; Schmidt, B. June; Moore, Margaret
This document describes ways to meet professional development needs of vocational and academic teachers preparing to engage in school-to-work transition activities. Section 1 presents 13 professional development themes: involving students in workplace experiences, gaining work experience, visiting the workplace, taking coursework, participating in conferences, learning through students, learning through student organizations, obtaining materials and equipment from the workplace, reading in the teaching area, participating in school-sponsored professional development activities, interacting with workplace representatives, participating in professional organizations, and learning among and from other teachers. A table provides examples of professional development activities associated with these themes. The themes are described through statements made by educators, administrators, counselors, and business, industry, and community representatives. Section 2 discusses ways to provide school-to-work related professional development to teachers. Implications are organized so that consideration is given to teachers as learners. Suggestions for using professional development to help teachers prepare for school-to-work responsibilities are offered. They are organized around each of the four stages in the professional development framework: professional development needs, focus, delivery, and impact. Contains 10 references. The appendix study contains a summary. (YLB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Secondary Education, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.