ERIC Number: ED379108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Improving Teachers' Understanding and Planning of an Integrated Curriculum with a Staff Development Plan.
A practicum was designed to develop training that would increase teachers' understanding of an integrated curriculum and how to plan for implementation. Subjects were 23 teachers at a K-5 elementary school. Training was developed to provide a common knowledge base of an integrated curriculum, productive collaboration and planning, and understanding of work-behavior styles. The researcher developed and administered pre- and posttests, teacher attitude surveys, and training session evaluations; acted as a resource person for team planning for integrating curriculum; reviewed lesson plans; and made classroom observations of curriculum integration. Analysis of the data showed that teachers who participated in the training had a clear understanding of integrating curriculum and how to plan for integrating curriculum. The posttest results showed mastery of concepts presented in the training, and teacher attitude surveys showed participants felt communication had increased between grade-level team members and between and among grade levels. (A Readiness for Curriculum Integration survey, a curriculum integration assessment questionnaire, and a survey to measure school-wide communication about curriculum are appended. Contains 29 references.) (AA)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Implementation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Models, Teaching Styles
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum I Report, Nova Southeastern University.