ERIC Number: ED220560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Interactive Research and Development in Low Income Minority Schools.
Huling, Leslie L.
In 1980, the Texas Tech University Teacher Corps offered a professional development program for elementary and secondary school teachers in Lubbock, Texas designed to help teachers gain new research knowledge and skills. The program was patterned after the Interactive Research and Development model, a strategy providing research experience through collaborative teamwork by teachers, researchers, and staff development personnel on a chosen research problem. Thirteen teachers participated in the project, and teams consisting of one to three teachers, a researcher, and a staff developer, were formed. After initial training for teachers, each team selected a research question, conducted a research project using appropriate methodology and design, and formulated a plan to disseminate research findings. The program was evaluated by subjecting the teacher participants and a control group to questionnaires and interviews. Evaluation results showed that, compared to the control group, teacher participants demonstrated greater changes in concerns about the use of research (as measured by an instrument indicating development in the type/intensity of concern with an innovation and significantly higher research/development skills, but did not show significantly higher interest in professional development. Participants also demonstrated positive attitudes toward the use of research in teaching. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Skills, Research Utilization, Teacher Attitudes, Team Training
Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, University of Texas, Education Annex 3.203, Austin, TX 78712 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Texas (Lubbock)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).