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ERIC Number: ED076584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 15
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Research and Development As a Vehicle for Improving Teacher Competence.
Borg, Walter R.
The most essential element in the Research and Development (R&D) process is the provision for repeated field testing, evaluation, and revision until the product reaches its objectives. This process can be implemented to improve the instructional process in two ways: to improve the instructional skills and strategies of teachers; and to develop more effective curriculum material for use in the schools. To test the effectiveness of an instructional method, one must first identify the specific elements that go into the successful use of that method and, secondly, involve in research teachers who effectively apply behaviors and strategies essential to this method. Most present teaching methods are not well-defined enough to permit such research. In fact, conventional teacher programs today are ineffective because they lack definition, an effective instructional model, objectives and evaluation, generalizability, and resources. In contrast, R&D efforts have made good strides towards defining teaching skills, providing teacher access to objective evaluation data that indicates which aspects have succeeded or failed, and developing components such as minicourses to serve as resources. R&D could similarly aim towards developing tested curriculum components. (JA)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1973