ERIC Number: ED045562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
In-Service Training Program for Visiting Teachers. "Group Work Techniques."
Felix, Joseph L.
An inservice program was conducted to train 24 visiting teachers in group techniques and to furnish added guidance as they established groups of pupils with similar problems (e.g., truancy or discipline or poor self image) and worked with the parents and teachers of these pupils. Participants met in two groups for a series of 14 sessions on the principles of group dynamics and planning, assessment of group activities in the elementary school, and leadership training. Over half of the visiting teachers set up pupil groups of five to sixteen members. They felt the program was successful in providing them a worthwhile skill which gave them increased contact with pupils leading to more thorough diagnosis. Process and product evaluations indicate that a primary need is for the understanding and cooperation of the school principal. The service was generally well received by administrators and teachers who noted improved pupil diagnosis, some positive behavioral change, and enhancement of the working relationship of visiting teachers. Attitude evaluations revealed that visiting teachers who conducted groups came to regard the master classroom teacher more and more as the key person in accomplishing educational objectives, particularly those of a cognitive nature; those who did not follow through with groups apparently identified more closely with the social worker and the individual counselor. [Not available in hardcopy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (JS)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cincinnati Public Schools, OH.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)