ERIC Number: ED397036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
From Sages to Guides: A Professional Development Study.
Cifuentes, Lauren; And Others
This study examined teachers' transformations from "sages on the stage to guides on the side" through a survey of preservice secondary school teachers (N=73) over time to identify their envisioned preferred teaching methods; a survey of inservice master teachers (N=24) in professional development schools to identify their choices of teaching methods; and an evaluation of the effectiveness of an educational technology course in changing preservice teachers' envisioned preferred methods. The course in educational technology stressed expansion of preservice teachers' methods beyond lecture and included: (1) diversification of modeled teaching methods; (2) student-centered, projects-based learning; (3) meetings with master school teachers who described and demonstrated effective teaching methods; and (4) preservice teacher design of student-centered interdisciplinary units. The preservice teacher survey found a general trend away from lecture and toward more student self-directed learning and prepackaged instruction. Comparison of ranking of preferred methods before and after the educational technology course indicated students moved lecture from first to third place. Master teachers, however, ranked lecture in fifth place. Attached tables provide detailed analysis of study data. (Contains 11 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Master Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Secondary Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).