ERIC Number: ED454218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Playing the Staff Development Game: Assessing a Communication Workshop To Improve Learning.
Templeton, Rosalyn Anstine; Johnson, Celia E.
This study assessed the delivery effectiveness of a communication workshop for teachers, "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen." The workshop included presentations and opportunities to take part in role plays, simulations, reflection activities, and group discussions. Teachers completed a survey rating the presentation in four areas (organization and structure, delivery and communication, audiovisual displays, and usefulness of information) and responded to open-ended questions about positive aspects of the session and how to improve the presentation. Presenters kept journal notes, completed a self-report using the same four categories as the participants, and elaborated on the same open ended-questions as participants. Results indicated that participants were positive about the workshops. They felt the material delivered was practical, they valued the way the information was delivered, and they considered the presenters knowledgeable. Respondents noted that the sessions could have been longer, with more examples and stories included. Presenters believed that the presentations could have been more effective if the front-end and back-end tasks were given more attention. Lack of attention to audiovisual equipment, room arrangement, and session pacing were noted by both participants and presenters. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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