ERIC Number: ED104836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-2
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An Experimental Comparison of Two Strategies for Developing Teacher Interpersonal Competencies.
Kirby, Emily B.; Bowers, Norman D.
Few investigations have focused on determination of efficient methods for providing teachers with human relations skills. Even less emphasis has been placed on observation of change in teachers' interpersonal skills after inservice training. The purpose of this study was to test the comparative effectiveness of two training programs for developing teacher interpersonal competencies. These two programs were the T-Group and the Human Potential Seminar (HPS). The subjects were women teachers at an experimental elementary school. Inventories were collected before and after participation in the T-Group or HPS. Two qualified observers visited each teacher's classroom on two occasions, once prior to and once following training. Teachers were divided into four groups. One group received both the T-Group and HPS training; the second group, T-Group training only; the third group, HPS only; and the fourth, no training. Results seemed to indicate that there is some evidence that differences do exist between teachers who have had some form of human relations inservice training and those who have not. The groups can be ranked in terms of positive behavioral change as follows: (a) T-Group and HPS, (b) HPS, (c) T-Group, and (d) no training. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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