ERIC Number: ED336356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-7
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Action Research: A Professional Development Opportunity for Experienced Teachers. Draft.
Watt, Molly Lynn; Watt, Daniel Lynn
The purpose of this study was to develop methodologies to support experienced teachers in taking on the role of participant researchers and engaging in collaborative inquiry through action research projects about their teaching practices. Although the structures designed were not content-specific, the teachers in the study were using the LOGO computer language in their teaching, and their research questions involved the teaching and/or learning of LOGO. The collaboration was at 2 levels: among the approximately 10 teacher researchers at each of 9 sites over 7 states who met regularly throughout one school year; and among the sites, through a leadership institute, mailings, telecommunications network, and phone calls. The project, the LOGO Action Research Collaborative, was developed to extend the professional responsibilities, voices, and insights of experienced teachers and to provide a context for professional renewal. In the pilot research cycles, it has been observed that the project provides professional nourishment and collegiality for experienced teachers, that teachers gain new understandings about the LOGO content they are teaching, that teachers make self-directed improvements in their classroom teaching practices, and that teachers take on new roles as researchers and research group leaders. Sixty-six references are included. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Experienced Teachers; LOGO Programing Language
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).