ERIC Number: ED394319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
How a New Form of Peer Coaching Helps Teachers and Students in Two-Way Bilingual Programs.
A 5-year study, conducted in two schools on the Texas-Mexico border, is investigating the effectiveness of peer coaching as a professional development strategy for teachers in two-way bilingual education programs. A group of 24 teachers, half bilingual and Hispanic and half monolingual and Anglo participated in the study. For each, classroom ethnographies were compiled after classroom observation, and teachers were videotaped at random times during classroom teaching. Six teachers were observed all day for a period of one week. In addition, teachers responded to a questionnaire on teaching practices, team teaching experience, and perceived problems and successes. Professional development sessions, during which the teachers acted as peer coaches, were also videotaped and ethnographies were developed for them. Ethnographies were analyzed for code switching, instructional patterns for each language, social/power relationships, teacher/student participation structures, and identification of particular discourse forms. The methods were found to be effective in focusing on the quality of student participation patterns, level of learning quality in each language, time and status given to each language, and teachers' professional development needs. (Contains 39 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Observation Techniques, Code Switching (Language), Cross Cultural Training, Discourse Analysis, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Innovation, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Teaching, Power Structure, Surveys, Team Teaching, Two Way Immersion Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers: Border Communities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (Orlando, FL, March 1996).