ERIC Number: ED322130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Teachers as Researchers: Attitudes, Opinions and Perceptions.
Copper, Linda Royahn
Teacher researchers may be the essential link between the philosophy and training of higher education and the grass roots implementation at the public school level. The Teacher-Researcher (T-R) Institute has the potential of providing a catalyst for role change and a channel for research in action. This paper describes the merits and defaults of the Baltimore County (Maryland) T-R program from the classroom teacher's point of view. It also shows the perceptions of a group from the Maryland Writing Project. Teacher-researchers attend a 1-week workshop at the T-R Institute to prepare manuscripts describing classroom investigations for publication in education journals. To determine the impact of the T-R Institute on professional growth, a 10-item questionnaire requiring handwritten responses was developed and distributed. A follow-up evaluation was conducted via telephone interviews. An instrument developed from the outcomes of the two surveys was designed to measure attitudes toward the program. Responses to the questionnaire are discussed and briefly analyzed. The findings indicated similar positive attitudes and opinions both from the T-R participants and the more diverse Maryland Writing Project. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).