ERIC Number: ED048098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Introducing Innovation in Instruction: In-Service Teacher Workshops in Classroom Management.
Melching, William H.; And Others
An integrated set of summer workshops was conducted for elementary teachers in the River Rouge, Michigan, School District (for eight teachers and eight aides from each of grades 1, 2, and 3 representing all four elementary schools) to introduce them to and provide practice in selected innovative techniques for the management of classroom behavior and instructional materials. The three teacher workshops dealt with development and use of instructional objectives stated in performance terms, implementation of the concepts of learning modules and mastery tests, and application of contingency management techniques for controlling student behavior in the classroom. The program provided participants with first hand practice and experience. Numerous practical exercises were built into each schedule, and participants were asked to use instructional materials, course content, and specific behavior problems from their school-year environments and experiences. In the contingency management workshop, classroom practice was held with pupils, and teachers alternating as teachers and observers. Additional workshops were conducted for administrative and supervisory personnel to enable them to provide knowledgeable support to the teachers in implementing the new techniques during the school year. Workshops were considered successful. A follow-up program will assist the teachers in implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of the innovative techniques in the classroom. (Author/JS)
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Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.