ERIC Number: ED237501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Individual and Systemic Changes Mediated by a Small Educational Grant Program. Final Report.
Mosher, G. Wayne
The St. Louis Missouri Teachers Center Minigrant Program provides funds (up to $750.00) for individuals to use in developing specific educational projects. A study was made on what impact a minigrant program had on project developers and the educational systems they served. Data were collected through participant observation, recorded interviews, and examination of documents. The following implications were noted: (1) Teachers developed projects based on needs expressed at several levels: classroom, building, and district; (2) Teachers designed useful materials and workshop programs and learned about curriculum, publication, working with others, and implementing projects with students, and developed confidence in themselves as professionals; (3) Completed projects provided satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment; (4) Teachers involved in curriculum development exhibited a strong tendency to design materials grounded in the realities of classroom instruction; (5) The program served as a catalyst for teacher involvement in projects that lead to knowledge of teaching and learning; and (6) Projects had a positive impact at classroom, building, and district levels. Findings are portrayed through case studies of the 49 projects and discussions on the data. The report also includes discussion of the study background, problem, and methodology. A minigrant application form is appended. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Centers, Teacher Developed Materials, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared at the St. Louis Metropolitan Teacher Center.