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ERIC Number: ED399223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Masters Cooperative Program: An Alternative Model of Teacher Development in PDS Sites.
Crow, Nedra A.; And Others
Findings are reported from a study that investigated the influence of a two-year cooperative masters of education program as a vehicle for professional development and school renewal. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires were used to collect data from 25 experienced teachers based in 3 secondary and 2 elementary professional development schools (PDSs). The dominant theme to emerge from the data was the impact of the cooperative program on teachers as sustained change agents; this theme played itself out in four major areas of participants' lives: teachers' beliefs and roles, the classroom, the school, and the development of a community of learners. There was a continuous emphasis on inquiry throughout the program, during which teachers conducted year-long research projects. Respondents linked their practice of sustained inquiry to increases in confidence levels, role changes, and increased activism. A majority of respondents indicated that the program changed their teaching practices, that change continued after they completed the program, and that these changes were also linked to the experience of conducting an action research inquiry project. The program also stimulated teachers to give more choice and voice to their own students. While individual action research projects and other aspects of the program positively impacted some schools and influenced school change efforts at several sites, some teachers reported little or no school change. The program's contribution to developing a community of learners at various sites is also discussed. (Contains 25 references.) (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A