Title page for ETD etd-10497-165443


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hoover, James Larry
Author's Email Address lhoover@admin.sbo.gc.k12.va.us
URN etd-10497-165443
Title Determining Staff Development Needs to Achieve Computer Technology Competence by Instructional Personnel in Gloucester County Public Schools
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parks, David J. Committee Chair
Alexander, David Committee Member
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Member
Hill, Ida J. Committee Member
Richards, Robert R. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Teacher
  • Competency
  • Computer
  • Staff Development
Date of Defense 1997-10-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
DETERMINING STAFF DEVELOPMENT NEEDS TO ACHIEVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCE BY INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL IN GLOUCESTER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By

James Larry Hoover

David J. Parks, Chairman

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

(ABSTRACT)

The Virginia Board of Education is considering the adoption of technology standards for instructional personnel in Virginia's schools. All pre-service instructional personnel will have to demonstrate proficiency prior to obtaining a Virginia teaching certificate. Those currently in service may also have to demonstrate proficiency, as defined by the local school division.

This study was designed to be a prototypic model for implementing the standards in Gloucester County Schools. Three hundred-ninety (390) instructional personnel were surveyed, according to selected strata, regarding their current level of competence. The discrepancy between the current level of proficiency and the level required by the standard defined the need for staff development. Differences among strata were provided for in planning for staff development activities.

Staff Development activities were planned for all identified needs and implemented for a pilot group. The training sessions focused on raising the level of proficiency to that required to satisfy the standards. Participants in the pilot group were re-surveyed to verify the plan. An assessment procedure for measuring and reporting mastery on the standards was proposed by the pilot group.

The process outlined in this study will be condensed into a brochure that will be provided to the Virginia Department of Education for possible distribution to other school divisions.

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