ERIC Number: ED029893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Study Involving Development, Teaching, and Evaluation of the Results of a Course for Teachers Inservice Devoted to the Practical Application of Linguistics, of Principles of Composition, and of Various Approaches to the Teaching of the Slow Learner. Interim Report.
Lindsey, Alfred J.; Filson, Thomas
This study was made to discover whether or not teacher ideas and performance could be changed by a short English extension course on principles of composition, practical applications of linguistics, and various approaches to teaching slow learners. In 1965-66, three instructors spent 3 to 4 weeks in each of several schools in Illinois teaching their specialities to 66 junior and senior high school teachers. Before the extension course was taught, teachers completed questionnaires on their beliefs and teaching procedures. Each teacher was interviewed either 1 month or 12 months after completion of the course. The following data were gathered from the interviews: (1) 94% of the teachers claimed a change in teaching performance. (2) 61% claimed a change in thinking. (3) The kinds of changes reported by the teachers, who lacked consensus on the course's main ideas, did not coincide with the main ideas suggested by the instructors.(4) Very few teachers reported any constraints against utilizing the new ideas in their teaching situations. (5) Teachers interviewed after 1 month reported a 91% change in teacher performance; after 12 months they reported a 95% change. (6) An interviewer who was an instructor in the course found more change in teacher performance than did other interviewers. (Author/LH)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, English Instruction, Extension Education, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Linguistics, Secondary School Teachers, Self Evaluation, Slow Learners, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Response, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Alfred J. Lindsey, Jr., English Dept., Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill. 61458, or Thomas Filson, Education Dept., University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan 48500 (free or on loan).
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State-Wide Curriculum Study Center in the Preparation of Secondary English Teachers, Urbana.