ERIC Number: ED377115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Alternative Teaching Strategies To Improve Instrumental Lesson Instruction at the Middle School, When the Budget Has Been Reduced.
Greaser, Thomas C., Jr.
A middle school student helper teacher program based on some cooperative learning tenants provided alternative instruction to sixth grade instrumental students in music lessons that would have been severely curtailed due to budget reductions and increasing enrollment. Students were grouped on like instruments and divided into subgroups by ability. Each group received practice reviews and instructions from seventh and eighth grade volunteers with the instrumental teacher providing individual help, evaluation, and group instructions. Student helper teachers received training in monthly after school meetings about their problems and concerns with their groups. The results indicated that the students spent more time on task than they would have in a traditional setting. Analysis of skill development revealed that student lesson progress was similar to traditional instruction. Other positive benefits were attitudes among the students of helping instead of competition and increased learning and problem-solving activities of the student helper teachers in preparing for and dealing with their groups. (Author/CK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.