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ERIC Number: ED319014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher/Researcher Collaboration, Teacher Change, and Reading Group Discussions: "What Can't My Kids Do?"
O'Flahavan, J. F.; Huxtable, Jeanne
One promising alternative to the traditional workshop format of inservice teacher education is to bring researchers and teachers more closely together, in classrooms, where the two groups can work as a team addressing those needs the teachers have defined. A teacher and a researcher collaborated in a 3-month effort to improve the way the teacher conducted her reading group discussions. The discussions were videotaped and then analyzed to reveal the types, patterns, and frequencies of the teacher's questions, her students' responses, and her feedback. The teacher was also videotaped while being interviewed by the researcher. When the teacher realized that she was controlling the class discussion most of the time, the teacher and researcher collaborated in changing the way the teacher led her reading group discussions. By the end of the 3 months, the teacher had completely reversed her opinion considering the ability of second graders to engage in discussions about the stories they read. The reading groups had changed into teacherless discussions in which the students actively participated in discussions with each other. This collaboration succeeded beacuse the teacher: (1) gained a new perspective on her assumptions and performance through the use of videotape; (2) identified her own need for change, in collaboration with the researcher; and (3) worked toward a solution, in her own classroom, with a non-threatening, informed collaborator. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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