ERIC Number: ED231759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
American Federation of Teachers Educational Research and Dissemination Program. Executive Summary.
Rauth, Marilyn; And Others
An outline is presented of successful elements of a research program, developed by the American Federation of Teachers, to connect teachers with research-based information. Focus of the research was in the areas of classroom management and teaching effectiveness. The program is implemented through the teacher organization and has the elements of peer-level understanding of teacher needs, a level of trust in program leadership, and a non-threatening, non-evaluative atmosphere in which to investigate research. Training sessions for a peer-selected cadre of teachers, Teacher Research Linkers (TRLs), are conducted in a problem-solving, discussion-oriented mode; TRLs then work on a one-to-one basis with their colleagues, with fellow teachers in small groups, or in workshops. Support for the program was obtained from local education agencies and building supervisors. Research information is delivered in a meaningful form to teachers, and teachers apply research-based strategies to classroom practice. Teachers have responded positively to the program, often providing feedback to their peers and to the research community. Implications of educational research for teachers are discussed, and practical examples of its impact on classroom practice are presented. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.