ERIC Number: ED027248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Helping Teachers Improve Classroom Group Processes.
Schmuck, Richard A.
The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, v4 n4 1968
Three action research projects explored the relative merits of several techniques for helping teachers modify classroom group processes. Project 1 compared a weekly seminar (using discussion of classroom research, problem-solving techniques, analysis of diagnostic data on the teachers' own classrooms, and followup discussion during the school year) to a four-week teacher development laboratory which employed the same techniques plus sensitivity training and role-play tryouts of new classroom practices. Project 2 explored the results of a program in which psychological consultants spent four hours each week for 15 weeks in small group discussions, classroom visitations, and individual conferences regarding teachers' group process management capabilities. Project 3 involved a six-day organizational development laboratory for school faculty which applied structured group exercises, small group discussions, and problem-solving techniques to interpersonal relations and staff communications problems. It was concluded that the faculty laboratory encouraged the use of new group processes in school organization and the classroom; that the consultation program, while changing teacher perceptions, did not change classroom behavior; and that the teacher development laboratory increased the likelihood that changes in teachers' cognitions and attitudes would be accompanied by classroom behavior changes. (JS)
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Techniques, Educational Research, Group Discussion, Group Instruction, Individual Counseling, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Laboratory Training, Role Playing, Sensitivity Training, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
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Note: Also in Charters, W.W., Jr., Gage, N., and Miles, M., (Eds.), Readings in the Social Psy. of Educ., 2nd Ed., Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1969.