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This document is intended to assist individuals responsible for managing staff development in adult and community learning (ACL) in the United Kingdom. The guide presents step-by-step advice for designing and implementing an approach based on the belief that staff development should do the following things: (1) relate holistically to the organization's mission statement, strategic plan, self-assessment process, and quality improvement development plan; (2) reflect aims and values; (3) fit seamlessly into the planning cycle; (4) involve everyone in the organization on a top-down and bottom-up basis; (5) respond to local and national initiatives and targets; (6) react to short-term and long-term need and be proactive; (7) address organizational and individual requirements; and (8) when services are contracted out, fully involve partners in every aspect of the process. The following are among the other topics discussed: (1) standards and a qualifications framework encompassing ACL; (2) the internal policy and planning context of staff development; (3) identification of staff development needs; (4) designing staff development programs; (5) implementing staff development (modes of delivery; coaching; mentoring; accreditation); (6) evaluating training effectiveness; and (7) approaches to managing successful staff development. Eight figures, 13 activities, and 16 case studies of current and emerging good practice are included. The bibliography lists 25 references and 5 useful World Wide Web sites. (MN)

Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Case Studies, Community Education, Contract Training, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Recruitment, Reflective Teaching, Staff Development, Teacher Improvement

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Author: Ewens, David


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