ERIC Number: ED227090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Interactive Research and Development: Another Aspect of Staff Development.
Daniels, Marsha A.; And Others
An interactive research and development (IR&D) project brings together teachers, university researchers, and staff development specialists as a team to identify, research, and disseminate findings from questions of interest to teachers. Six major features of an interactive IR&D project are: (1) teams having at least one teacher, one researcher, and one staff developer; (2) participative decision making; (3) problem-solving focus; (4) concurrent research and development efforts; (5) sensitivity to the classroom's integrity; and (6) use of IR&D as an intervention strategy. Each member of the team contributes knowledge and skill from his field--teaching, research, or staff development. It is the responsibility of the researcher to translate teacher concerns into research questions, coordinate a review of related research, and share these findings with the other team members. The staff development specialist plans a training program for disseminating the research findings. Steps for implementing an IR&D project include: (1) making initial decisions; (2) assigning an IR&D Project Coordinator; (3) recruiting IR&D participants; (4) training IR&D participants; (5) organizing IR&D teams; and (6) supporting IR&D teams. Findings from an IR&D project conducted at Texas Tech University indicate that teachers' participation in such a project affected their attitudes toward research, skills, and teaching practices. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock. Coll. of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Orlando, FL, January 29-February 2, 1983).