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ERIC Number: ED369742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Survey Assessment of Paideia Teachers Perceptions Concerning Professional Staff Development.
Gettys, Cynthia M.; Holt, Mary Ann
This study sought to determine how teachers (n=61) at two Paideia schools in Chattanooga (Tennessee) perceived the professional staff development activities provided for them as they made the transition from a traditional direct instruction model of teaching to a nontraditional three-column model of instruction which included didactic presentations (lecture), Socratic questioning (seminars and discussions), and coaching (skill development in small groups with teachers and/or tutors). Findings showed that: (1) 47 percent of lower level (grades K-5) teachers and 29 percent of upper level (grades 6-12) teachers felt that they needed additional training in didactic presentations; (2) 27 percent of lower level teachers and 11 percent of upper level teachers reported using Socratic questioning techniques 75 percent of their teaching time; (3) 32 percent of lower level teachers and 22 percent of upper level teachers felt that seminars were essential in increasing students' understanding of ideas and values; and (4) 22 percent of lower level teachers and 20 percent of upper level teachers reported that coaching had replaced 25 to 50 percent of their traditional teaching methods. Areas of identified staff development need included: incorporation of creative presentations into lectures, observation of Socratic questioning, computer-aided instruction, integrated literature-based instruction, and alternative assessment. The survey instrument and a description of the Paideia approach are appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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