ERIC Number: ED307239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Research Applications for Teaching (RAFT) Project. Final Report.
Thomson, James R., Jr.; Handley, Herbert M.
A report is given of the development and progress of the Research Applications for Teaching (RAFT) project, developed at Mississippi State University. Based upon research findings relative to effective teaching and effective schooling, five curriculum modules were prepared and implemented in instruction. In the second year of the project the modules were pilot-tested; during the third year the instructional activities were extended for use with preservice teachers in all areas of teacher education. The modules were planned to develop preservice teachers' competency related to the following areas: (1) cognitive understandings of research findings relative to effective teaching and schooling; (2) strategies for effecting classroom interaction; (3) skills in classroom management; (4) skills in instructional planning and implementation; and (5) skills in both short and long term evaluation of students' academic progress. The project seeks to improve teachers' performance not only relative to understanding research findings on effective teaching and schooling but also to improve the attitudes of teachers toward themselves as teachers and to develop classroom management skills. A series of component checklists is included describing each component in terms of ideal, acceptable, and unacceptable levels of implementation. Attached to the descriptive report is a paper assessing the effectiveness of the RAFT instructional models on developing skills, attitudes, and cognitions of preservice teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Bureau of Educational Research and Evaluation.