ERIC Number: ED182221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-8
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of a Staff Development Training Program in Reading and Social Studies.
Diem, Richard A.
This paper describes a three-year staff development program in reading and social studies in San Antonio, Texas. The data from a reading test administered to a sample of high school students indicated inferior reading skill development and supported the teachers' contentions that their students could not master social studies material because they could not read them. To attack this problem, a staff development program that would train teachers in functional reading skills and in specific content area skills was devised and implemented. Twelve high school and nine middle grade teachers participated in the program. There was an intensive one week preschool workshop in which prescriptive and diagnostic tools in reading and the social studies were introduced. Bi-monthly inservice meetings and monthly classroom observations of participant performance were part of the program. Participants also developed social studies materials written at appropriate grade levels. The results of the project indicate: 1) that student performance in functional reading skills can be increased by training teachers in these skills; 2) a developmental model of inservice training provides a successful design in which teachers can work; and 3) intensive content methodology instruction is needed beyond the basic preservice courses now in effect. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, February 8, 1980)