ERIC Number: ED360717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Teachers' Use of Team-Planning Time: A Case Study.
Mandated team planning for a school undergoing restructuring is a major policy change with significant effects on teachers and administrators. One junior high school restructuring into a middle school served as a vehicle for studying how teachers spent their time in mandated team planning. Team planning was initiated to help smooth the transition to the new school structure. The case study focused on one newly formed, three-member team of sixth grade teachers. Data were collected over 3 months at the beginning of the school year. The study measured the amount of time spent during team meetings discussing students, subject matter, teaching strategies, program evaluation, and policy issues. Analysis of the discussions illustrates not only the benefits of team planning, but also problems, misunderstandings, and limitations of time use. Team members found the time allotted for meetings sufficient but would have benefitted from guidance on meeting structure and alternative uses of time. Discussion of special student needs often dominated meetings, and some time restriction was needed for this subject. Also, a method for evaluating the effectiveness of team planning was needed. Appendices include a daily schedule, study consent form, interview questions, and study tools. (Contains 45 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Student Learning, Pittsburgh, PA.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.