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ERIC Number: ED371340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Creating a Balanced Literate Environment for the Multi-Age, Multi-Ability, Primary Classroom through Staff Development.
Embry, Julia E.
A practicum was designed to increase the expertise of primary teachers in the creation of developmentally appropriate reading/writing curriculum for the multi-age, multi-ability, primary classroom through literacy training staff development sessions. The system of literacy training was constructed over a period of eight months with 34 primary teachers from three elementary schools. Staff development training sessions on early literacy and authentic assessment using the running record were developed. Pre/post questionnaires, change assessment scales for administrators, a literacy plan of action for local schools, running record scripts for assessment training, literacy lessons, and developmentally appropriate curricula were administered or developed. Analysis of the data revealed that after the staff development training on early literacy and authentic assessment, the primary teachers were able to create a developmentally appropriate curriculum for reading and writing in the multi-age, multi-ability, primary classroom. The key factor in the accomplishment of the practicum was the early literacy staff development training sessions received by the primary classroom teachers. (Contains 42 references and six tables of data. The pre/post questionnaires, change assessment for teachers, a blank literacy plan of action, a running record script, and a sample running record are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.