ERIC Number: ED415730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Understanding Staff Development.
This book uses a traditional focus of educational development (teaching and learning) to examine the theories and practices of staff development in Australasia. The initial chapter reviews the philosophical foundations of staff development, including the basis of the idea of development, along with the problems that concept raises. Chapter 2 discusses the need to apply good educational practices and the importance of evaluating teaching effectiveness. Chapter 3 views educational and staff development from the perspective of hermeneutics, noting the importance of empathy, acknowledgment of a common humanity, and an understanding of others. Chapter 4 summarizes the need for and use of action research in staff development, beginning with an overview of the historic evolution of the concept. Chapter 5 defines postmodernity as a form of reaction to structuralism and the imposition of rigid dichotomies, and sees it as a challenge to moving individuals out of their "comfort zones." Chapter 6 discusses the development of personnel for staff development and the need for connections between teachers and students. The analogy is made to the relationship between research and development. The need for development and counseling relationships is also described. (Contains 150 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Professional Development, Program Development, Staff Development, Teacher Effectiveness
Taylor and Francis Publishers, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007-1598; phone: 800-821-8312; fax: 215-785-5515 (hardback: ISBN-0-335-19-289-0; paperback: ISBN-0-335-19288-2, $33.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).
Note: Published by Open University Press.