Cover: A Survey of Incentives for Staff Development of Computer-Based Instruction

A Survey of Incentives for Staff Development of Computer-Based Instruction

Published 1985

by John D. Winkler, Cathy Stasz


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This paper considers the role that different types of district and school incentives play in increasing teacher participation in computer staff development. (A companion paper, P-7086, considers how district and school incentives may improve the quality of computer-based instruction.) The authors examined the effects of a variety of administrative policies with incentive value for increasing teachers' participation in computer staff development, including incremental salary credit, reimbursement for outside courses, release time, and new job titles with higher salaries. The findings suggest that technical support has the greatest incentive value for teachers, and an important incentive was among those found least in this sample: a guarantee of computer access. An increased number of computers per teacher also improved computer inservice participation.

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