ERIC Number: ED246031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
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The American Federation of Teachers Educational Research and Dissemination Program.
Billups, Lovely H.
Convinced that the results of educational research generated over the past two decades could be of practical value to teachers, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) decided that the union could develop a dissemination mechanism designed to bridge the gap between research and practice. The National Institute of Education funded an AFT proposal to pilot this process, and a two-year program was launched in January 1981. The project staff, after talking to teachers about their concerns, decided to focus the project on research findings related to classroom management and effective teaching. Programs were developed and implemented in New York City, San Francisco, and the District of Columbia. Each program site had a local site coordinator, and 53 teachers served overall as TRLs (Teacher Research Linkers). In the pilot program, TRLs met with AFT program staff in training sessions held about once every three-and-one-half weeks. At these sessions, "translated" research studies were reviewed, and between each session, TRLs were required to implement some of the teaching strategies suggested by the research into their classrooms. TRLs shared this information with other teachers. Implications for teacher training using a method such as this are discussed. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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