ERIC Number: ED429573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development for Teaching Technology across the Curriculum: Best Practices for Alberta School Jurisdictions.
Clark, W. Bruce
This report focuses on promising practices in professional development as they relate to implementation of Alberta Education's 1998 "Information and Communication Technology, Interim Program of Studies." The first chapter examines fundamental issues, challenges some assumptions, and offers suggestions related to professional development and information technology. Professional development and growth planning are addressed in the second chapter, including forms that can be used in a structured approach to developing a professional growth plan; a more holistic approach, "vision building," is also defined, and an example of a vision building model is given. The third chapter focuses on the institutional face of professional development, discussing roles of professional developers, formats for professional development, mentoring, a functional model of professional development, the four catalytic functions of the model (stimulating interest, facilitating skill building, facilitating script building, dissemination), and technology within professional development. Critical success factors are discussed in the fourth chapter, including social factors (communication, social interaction), motivational factors (learning styles, self-confidence, relevance, incentives), and other environmental factors (time, school facilities/equipment, funding, technical support). Descriptions of 20 successful professional development workshops and projects are appended, as well as a list of related Alberta Education resources. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Models, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Implementation, Role, Social Influences, Staff Development, Teacher Motivation, Technology Integration, Training, Workshops
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada