Professional Development Programs, Leadership, and Institutional Culture: Lessons from a Study of Professional Development Programs for Community College Occupational-Technical Faculty

J. Hoerner, D. A. Clowes, M. V. Lichtman, M. T. Allkins

This report represents the results of a two-year study of professional development practices for occupational-technical faculty at junior, technical, and community colleges across the United States. Case studies consisted of both focus group and individual interviews with full-time and part-time occupational-technical faculty, administrators, and others identified as key players in professional development at each of six institutions. The research team, by analyzing the data, was able to identify six broad themes which provide a framework in which professional development can be described and from which conclusions can be drawn.

MDS-162 / September 1991

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