ERIC Number: ED042740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Public School Teacher as an Educational Change Agent. Final Report.
Walthew, John K.
The New Jersey Teacher Innovation Program, which gave minigrants (up to $1,000) to classroom teachers to enable them to implement their innovative ideas, was examined by studying the group of teachers receiving minigrants in 1968-69, the first year of the program. Questionnaires sent to recipients and to administrators knowledgeable about the recipients' teaching sought information about the following: 1) selected demographic and professional characteristics of recipients, together with characteristics of the origin and development of their projects; 2) effects of the recipients' projects on themselves and on students, other teachers, administrators, parents, and school board members; 3) means of disseminating the results of projects. Data received from 86 of the 108 minigrant recipients indicated that the major effect was on the recipients themselves in the form of professional satisfaction in being able to teach in ways which resulted in important behavioral changes in pupils. External effects, such as increased acceptance of innovative ideas by administrators and others, were moderate. The study also pinpointed a need for improved dissemination of information on the projects. (Appendixes contain the questionnaires sent to teachers and administrators and brief descriptions of the 1968-69 projects.) (RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.