ERIC Number: ED324109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
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A Program To Increase Effective Teaming in the Middle School.
Sevick, Mary Jane
This practicum intervention was designed to improve the effectiveness of a middle school's interdisciplinary teams. While the school's sixth grade teams were judged to be effective in implementing the district's philosophy, two seventh grade and two eighth grade teams, composed of 18 teachers and 588 students, were among 70 interdisciplinary teams in county schools judged to be ineffective on the basis of survey responses. Interdisciplinary curriculum planning was particularly problematic. A curriculum grid was developed before staff development activities were implemented. The grid packet contained a mapping of each grade level's curriculum, a skills checklist for each subject area, a list of objectives for possible curriculum integration, and seven activities that could be transformed into thematic topics for use in correlating curriculum during any 9-week period. The purpose of the packet was to allow interdisciplinary teams of teachers to see vital connections and commonalities in their curricula. The packet was used in staff development activities. Evaluation data suggested that the use of a supportive tool, such as the curriculum connection packet, is a viable way to move interdisciplinary team teachers into the curriculum integration phase of teaming. The appendices include a team interview questionnaire, a teaming competencies checklist, and the teacher survey on cross curriculum connections. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Educational Specialist Practicum Report, Nova University.