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Education Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 624241, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/624241
Research Article

Staff Development as an Imperative Avenue in Ensuring Quality: The Experience of Adama University

Faculty of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Haramaya University, C/O Fekadu Chernet, P.O. Box 5012, Adama University, Ethiopia

Received 25 March 2012; Revised 31 July 2012; Accepted 31 July 2012

Academic Editor: Eric Z. F. Liu

Copyright © 2012 Yilfashewa Seyoum. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

All endeavors were devoted to investigate the views and feelings of stakeholders on the implementation of teachers’ professional development and its contribution to sustain academic programs quality at Adama University. A case study that constitutes qualitative and quantitative method was employed. In an attempt to achieve the objectives of the study, evidences were collected from students, staff members, professional development program coordinators, and management bodies. The data-collecting instruments for obtaining relevant information were questionnaires, interview, observation, and document analysis. The finding in relation to this study uncovers the fact that though continuous professional development has been perceived as the most useful avenue of teachers continuous and lifelong learning, for the most part, it is relegated to adhoc committees or interested group or institutional units in the system of university education/training. Moreover, the absence of PDP in the university organizational structure, clear mission and vision, defined and well-articulated policy, strategic plan, representatives in university senate meetings, adequate resources, well-identified and -preserved training facilities, and unit library were circumstances that in one way or another negatively affected the provision of effective professional development programs/trainings that may have adverse effect in the deliberation of quality education/training in Adama University.