ERIC Number: ED384602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reflective Practice in a Community of Beginning Teachers: Implementing the STEP Program.
Kratzer, Cindy C.
Five beginning elementary teachers met weekly with a mentor in a group in order to support one another, discuss their experiences, view each others' videotaped lessons, and learn how to become reflective practitioners. At the beginning of the year, the teachers most valued the emotional support and understanding they received through group participation. Throughout the school year, participants experimented with and incorporated new ideas in their classrooms as a result of watching other teachers' lessons and discussing their teaching with the group. Feedback from participating teachers and principals was strongly positive. This model is proposed as a way to accelerate the learning curve of new teachers and increase their longevity in the profession. Appendices include interview protocols for participating teachers and principals. (Contains 60 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).