ERIC Number: ED340186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Collaborative Learning Process: Peer Coaching in Special Education.
Matlock, Barbara; And Others
This paper explores the use of a peer coaching model, the Collaborative Learning Process (CLP), to increase the application of content from inservice teacher training. Educators (N=40) of students with moderate to severe disabilities were trained in the use of CLP to encourage application of the newly trained skill of facilitating skill generalization. The model involved: (1) choosing a partner; (2) establishing a climate of trust; (3) participating in the collaborative learning sessions; and (4) keeping the process going. Training involved four sessions covering the CLP process, writing of student objectives with generalization intent, assessment of generalization, and use of decision rules and strategies to solve generalization problems. Participants were surveyed after training to determine if they coached using CLP and if they perceived any effects on their knowledge and application of training content. Results indicated about 55 percent of those trained in the use of CLP utilized CLP to apply the content of skill generalization. In addition, there was a high correlation between incentives for participation and use of CLP. Barriers to the implementation of CLP included lack of time, perceived lack of administrative support, difficulties with the CLP process, and problems in relationships between partners. Noted are implications for those considering use of the CLP model. Includes 11 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Experimental Educational Unit.