ERIC Number: ED432075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive System of Personnel Development: Wyoming Statewide Needs Assessment.
Olson, Christine; Azin-Manley, Mariam
This report discusses the outcomes of a review of the Wyoming Department of Education's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) in meeting the professional development needs of special education. There were two phases of the 1997-1998 CSPD needs assessment process. Phase One consisted of telephone interviews with both regular (n=26) and special education (n=43) teachers. During Phase Two, information was obtained from directors of special education during five focus groups and a sixth focus group with preschool directors and others involved in providing services to preschool children. Findings indicate: (1) there is an increase in the number of students in special education and a higher proportion of students demonstrating attention, emotional, and behavioral types of disorders; (2) teachers want training which is focused, practical, and hands-on; (3) teachers appear to be receptive to expertise provided from fellow teachers and others who have actually been in the classroom; (4) teachers find ongoing, informal types of professional development activities to be the most useful; (5) teachers feel particularly unprepared to cope with children with emotional and behavior disorders; (6) boundaries between professional development for special education personnel and professional development provided for regular educators need to be eradicated. Appendices include interview protocols. (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Faculty Development, Focus Groups, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Preschool Education, Questionnaires, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Jackson, WY. Region V.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming