ERIC Number: ED309159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Factors That Are Associated with Change in Teachers' Use of New Materials and Teaching Strategies.
Martin, Giselle O.
Selected findings are presented of a 2-year evaluation study of the impact of three different staff development summer institutes on the use of new teaching materials and interactive strategies by 96 teachers. The purpose of the study was to explore some of the individual and organizational factors that are associated with the adoption of new teaching practices. Change was measured in terms of teachers' self-reported degree of use of international education materials, degree of use of interactive teaching strategies, interest in learning or improving their knowledge of interactive teaching strategies, and perceptions of competence on the use of new materials and teaching strategies. The individual factors examined included: (1) gender and grade level taught; (2) degree of previous experience with and/or interest in learning or using international education materials and/or interactive teaching strategies; and (3) perceived competence in these areas. Organizational factors analyzed included: (1) existant support structure for the teacher implementing change, as measured by the existence of school and/or district teams working together to implement international education programs; (2) teachers' perception of support; and (3) number of contact hours in the training programs. Analysis of the data confirmed the power of organizational linkages between the teachers, the school and the resource center as factors that support change. Teachers' perceptions of competence with regard to the use of international education materials and strategies appeared to be an important factor in understanding their internalization of innovations introduced by this program. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).