ERIC Number: ED248227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Two Year Study of Teachers' Stages of Development in Relation to Collaborative Action Research in Schools. Final Report [and] Appendices to Final Report.
Oja, Sharon Nodie; Pine, Gerald J.
Action research conducted by teams of university professors and middle school teachers investigated the relationship between teachers' developmental stages, collaborative research, and individual teacher change. Section 1 describes the study's purposes and objectives and the methods used in analyzing teachers' stages of development. An overview of the study is presented in section 2. Section 3 discusses developmental stage and life/age theories of adult development, organizational change, and school context and the value and method of collaborative action research. Section 4 describes characteristics of the participating teachers, the study methodology, and the two middle school sites; school contexts; and the history of school change. Section 5 describes the research topics undertaken by the two research teams. Section 6 presents findings of one team's research process and group process. Findings on the organizational and school context, as they related to the work of the collaborative research teams, are presented in section 7. Section 8 includes teachers' developmental test scores and their perceptions regarding issues in the collaborative action research process. The final section summarizes conclusions from the findings and considers implications for collaborative action research and staff development. The appendices contain: (1) a review of the literature on collaborative action research; (2) descriptions of research instrumentation; (3) discussions on action research and group process analysis and a case study of one research team; (4) reports from two research teams taking part in the study; and (5) descriptive summary reports on the teachers, researchers, and institutional settings involved in the study. (JD)
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Group Dynamics, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Middle Schools, Organizational Change, Participant Characteristics, Principals, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Teacher Response, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Dept. of Education.