ERIC Number: ED459149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of Teacher Resource Centre Strategy. Education Research Paper. Full Report.
Fairhurst, Genevieve; Gibbs, William; Jain, Pankaj; Khatete, David; Knamiller, Gary; Welford, Geoff; Wiegand, Patrick
During 1997-98, a research team from the University of Leeds investigated the effectiveness of teacher resource centers (TRCs) as a strategy for teacher development in developing nations. The study included a literature review and fieldwork in four countries (India, Kenya, Nepal, and Zambia). The study examined the extent to which TRCs helped improve the environment for learning in schools and the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms. It also examined issues surrounding TRCs and how TRCs were affected by those issues. Data collection involved literature reviews and observations and interviews at TRCs and in schools in the four countries. Results indicated that it was very difficult for TRCs to achieve their goal of improving teachers' classroom performance and thus positively impacting teaching and learning, because they were detached from work at schools. Overall, the TRCs and their inservice courses were used very little in all four countries and made little significant contribution to improved teaching and learning in schools. Teachers had to leave their classes to go to TRC activities, so the TRCs actually contributed to teacher absenteeism. Sustainability depended on outside resources, particularly international donors. (Contains 227 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
Department for International Development, Education Department, 94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for International Development, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: India; Kenya; Nepal; Zambia