ERIC Number: ED385530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
The Effects of the FOCUS Model on Teacher Perception, Efficacy, and Application in the Classroom.
Russell, Gary F.; Mrsnik, Kathy
This case study examined the effects of the "Formation Of Concept between you and me which is US" (FOCUS) model on teacher perception and efficacy and its application in the classroom. The FOCUS model, based on the theory of Interactive Perceptual Psychology (IPP), uses concepts to assist in altering teacher perception of the student as a total human behavioral system. It also uses positive modeling behavior and the techniques and processes that can be used to activate interaction with students. Fifteen teachers in graduate classes who had participated in FOCUS seminars documented 13 journal entries about their experiences utilizing these concepts over a 3-month period. Self-report analysis, measured by the Stages of Perceptual Outcomes Matrix, suggested that better knowledge of FOCUS concepts altered participants' perceptions and increased self-efficacy, and served to reinforce application of techniques in the classroom. Implications for the use of the FOCUS model, in addition to further research, are discussed. Appendixes contain figures illustrating the FOCUS model, research questionnaire, technique definitions, and a figure showing stages of perceptual outcomes. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Implementation, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (October 1994).