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Staff Development: Enhancing Human Potential

reviewed by Susan S. Ellis - 1990

coverTitle: Staff Development: Enhancing Human Potential
Author(s): Donald C. Orlich
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0205118275, Pages: , Year:
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In his Preface, Donald Orlich claims that his book “presents the total spectrum of concepts, issues, and practices relating to staff development and inservice education.” He describes his intended audience as the university community (especially those involved in adult education, continuing education, staff development, and personnel management), staff developers, school administrators, and policymakers. Indeed, Staff Development does contain something for everyone. It is replete with references to research studies and writings on staff development; models of staff development and in-service programs; tables, lists, figures, paradigms, and checklists; descriptions of various effective and/or common practices; suggestions for using the material presented; and warnings of pitfalls to be avoided. Unfortunately, however, the sum of the parts never equals a whole-if the whole is a clear vision of how a school system creates and sustains an effective, comprehensive staff-development program. Nor are the book’s parts always described clearly, or accurately, or in sufficient depth to be useful.   The lack of a comprehensive vision surfaces in the first chapter:   One persisting problem in the schools... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 4, 1990, p. 615-618
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 450, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 1:15:44 AM

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