Characteristics of Effective In‐service Programmes and Activities: results of a Dutch survey

Educational Studies 17 (1):25-48 (1991)

The goal of this study is to determine which features effective in‐service activities must have, and to what extent designers of in‐service activities take these features into account. The study is also directed at the relationship between these features of in‐service activities and their implementation and impact characteristics. On the basis of a Delphi‐study, a survey was carried out among teachers, principals, in‐service education and training trainers and school counsellors. This article presents the data gathered on programme participants’ and trainers’ opinions and beliefs about effective in‐service and about implementation and impact characteristics. The study also examines the extent of the oft reported critical comments on in‐service activities. In spite of extensive criticism about the value of in‐service education, most participants are positive about the design and execution of the activities. However, INSET has to be closely watched for effectiveness, especially where it concerns applicability and functionality. This is generally judged to be insufficient
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