ERIC Number: ED433438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Staff Development in Transition: Benchmarks for Further Education.
FE Matters, v2 n11 1999
The report provides a survey of staff development (SD) managers in 505 English, Welsh, and Scottish further education colleges (227 responses). The objective was to determine how much SD has changed and matured since incorporation, and how much it has created benchmarks. Findings indicated that few staff developers had a relevant SD qualification. SD tended to be linked to one of three college functions: curriculum, quality, or personnel. Budget size varied widely; the median figure of 1% of the college budget was relatively stable across all types of colleges. The current trend for SD budgets was downward, reflecting financial difficulties in the sector as a whole. Five main models were identified: personnel unit, curriculum or professional development unit, SD committee, decentered model, and lone operator. In two-thirds of colleges, staff developers were lone operators. In terms of time commitment, SD had a relatively high priority. Six in 10 colleges had a contractual requirement to take part in SD; over 40% of these did not specify how and when it should be discharged. SD priorities for teaching staff were as follows: improve teaching, curriculum design and strategy, teaching quality maintenance, self-assessment, teaching qualifications, and management development. The increasing sophistication of planning processes was not matched by processes for review and evaluation. Few mechanisms were in place to evaluate changes in performance or achievement of business outcomes. Most colleges offered in-house SD programs; 9 of 10 waived fees for full-time staff. (Contains 23 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Budgets, College Faculty, Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Inservice Education, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Staff Development
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, United Kingdom; Tel: 0207840-530214; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (7.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom