ERIC Number: ED118996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Observed Individualization of Instruction by Vocational and Nonvocational Teachers.
Heeney, William C.; Ashbaugh, Carl R.
Vocational, academic, and special education teachers who had received inservice education in the individualization of instruction were observed to determine the effect of the education on their teaching. Data collection and conversion instruments were developed. Six trained observers performed 364 classroom observations in 10 Texas districts with inservice programs, and in 10 without; the 10 inservice program administrators were interviewed. A literature review indicated that certain methods of inservice instruction rated higher in implementation than others (laboratory, simulation, team research, and internship), suggesting seven hypotheses which were tested, using linear regression analysis. Four examined inservice education's relationship to teacher performance; three focused on the degree and level of individualization performed by each of the three groups of teachers. Inservice education in individualized instruction was found to make a difference for academic teachers, and, to some extent, for special education teachers, but not for vocational teachers. This suggests that teacher classification differences should be considered in planning inservice education programs. Academic teachers in Texas apparently are not receiving adequate training in individualization from teacher education programs, but the Texas vocational certification program is apparently producing teachers who can individualize instruction. Inservice instruction methods made no significant difference. The instruments are appended. (AJ)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Data Analysis, Educational Research, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Lesson Observation Criteria, Measurement Instruments, Program Effectiveness, Public School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Effectiveness, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Occupational Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Dept. of Educational Administration.
Identifiers - Location: Texas