ERIC Number: ED251807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Sharing the Word: Reading for Those Who Haven't the Time.
Elementary and secondary school teachers and school administrators often say they get their information about educational practice from colleagues and from inservice meetings. Research, however, suggests that teachers seldom talk shop with their colleagues. This leaves professional journals as the clearest channel of communication about educational change and innovation. Getting teachers to read journals, however, can be a problem, given their time constraints. One possible solution involves having colleagues who subscribe to journals and regularly read them select material they think is valuable, copy the selected material, and circulate it to interested parties. To get such a program started requires a needs assessment that takes into account not only teachers' professional interests but also a school system's priorities. Based on this assessment, a short list of general topics can be compiled and a survey form listing them circulated with a list of appropriate journal articles. Attention to detail is necessary to keep such a system going. Matters such as copyright regulations, advertising of the service, recruiting, training and retaining master readers, and gaining feedback from materials already circulated all require carefully thought out responses. There is a payoff, however, for people learn more, are more confident, and communicate more accurately if they have creditable background information. (RBW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Reading Association (11th, Oakland, CA, November 3-5, 1984).