ERIC Number: ED173378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
An Exploration of Levels of Use of the Innovation in the Evaluation of a Teaching Reading in Content Areas Staff Development Project.
Okpalobi, Martis J.
High school teachers of reading, mathematics, social science, and science participated in a faculty development program, Teaching Reading in Content Areas (TRICA). A focused interview system, Levels of Use of Innovation (LOU) measured the extent to which teachers used TRICA in their classrooms. There are eight levels of use: non-use, orientation, preparation, mechanical, routine, refinement, integration, and renewal. Each level is operationally defined by seven categories: knowledge, acquiring information, sharing, assessing, planning, status reporting, and performing. Interview data collected from 27 teachers indicated that 25 were using TRICA, mostly at the mechanical level. Teachers were most confident using the TRICA strategies labeled structured overview, vocabulary development, and grouping. Teachers focused on events related to the immediate use of TRICA, rather than on long-term effects, and were more concerned about facilitating instructional methodology than with meeting individual student needs. Results favored the use of TRICA and were consistent with previous research. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Levels of Use Interview; Levels of Use of the Innovation; Teaching Reading in Content Areas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979) ; Best copy available