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ERIC Number: ED135763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
From Inservice to Implementation: The Integrated Language Arts Curriculum for Middle School Level Students.
James, Shirley M.
The author of this document found through independent research that many language arts teachers had background information in the area of integrated programs but were largely unable to follow through in constructing and implementing such a program. In order to both increase background knowledge and aid in developing methods of application, the author conducted a summer workshop, meeting four hours per day for five and one-half weeks at a local middle school, using instruments that revealed to the individual teacher the extent of background knowledge and the strengths and weaknesses of prior professional experience. Following the use of the test, a one-to-one conference was held to reach decisions regarding the teacher's needs, and learning objectives were determined. Each session began with a group meeting (discussion study material) and lectures and demonstrations. Following a coffee and shoptalk break, each teacher worked individually or in small groups while the professor talked individually with each participant. Outside resource persons and off-site work were also utilized. Class participation in a state-level conference on teaching language arts was attended as a professional improvement project. Summative conferences were held with each participating teacher, during which techniques for implementing materials and curricula prepared during the workshop were discussed. The final day of the workshop consisted of a share-and-borrow exhibit, in which participants studied each other's completed work and implementation plans. Although no hard data on the effects of the workshop exist, changes in background information level and evidence of actual successful application of that knowledge in middle grade/middle school level classrooms do indicate that the workshop was successful in meeting its objectives. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting, Association of Teacher Educators (57th, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2-5, 1977) and at Conference on Innovative Teacher Education: Preservice and Inservice (Atlanta, Georgia, January 31, 1977)