ERIC Number: ED317523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Rhetoric of Reform in Teacher Education: Report on a Case Study of Cooperative Learning for Mainstreaming.
St. Maurice, Henry
The case under study was a staff development program devoted to methods for instructional grouping called "cooperative learning." In this case study, the rhetoric of cooperative learning for mainstreaming was tested by examining the words and actions of teachers and administrators for congruence with rhetorical devices. Three kinds of information were investigated: (1) responses to a survey of over 50 teachers and administrators who participated in programs promoting cooperative learning methods for mainstreaming; (2) textual artifacts of those programs for inservice teacher education; and (3) group interviews with participants. Both documentary and interview data were analyzed in reference to three rhetorical devices: topics of argument, types of commonplace, and types of figures of speech. These analyses portray specific discursive strategies chosen by teacher educators in reference to informants' accounts of the rhetorical success of these strategies in creating and maintaining support among teachers and students for mainstreaming and cooperative learning. The paper endeavors to show, through rhetorical analysis, the degree to which this program of educational reform succeeded in its goal of changing teachers' beliefs and practices. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, March 28-31, 1990).