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ERIC Number: ED223766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of the MCPS Teacher Competency Program in Light of Recent Research Literature on Effective Teaching Practices.
Gilliam, Jean N.
In response to a request from the Department of Staff Development in Montgomery County, Maryland, an assessment was conducted of the county's Teacher Competency (TC) Program. The evaluation sought to determine the degree to which this inservice teacher training program addresses the factors identified in recent literature as promoting effective teaching: (1) teacher expectations, (2) classroom management skills and engaged time/academic learning time, (3) direct instruction, and (4) teacher decision making. Every course in the TC Program was found to address at least one of these factors. Further, it appeared that the Program's courses provide teachers with realistic experiences for applying concepts identified in the literature as being important, such as "hands on" self-analysis, and practicum-type activities. A number of areas, however, were found to require improvement. Therefore, the following recommendations were offered: (1) teacher expectations of minority and linguistically different students should be more fully addressed in TC courses; (2) TC course reference lists should include more research studies on effective teaching practices; and (3) concepts relating to academic learning time should be incorporated into additional Program courses. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.