ERIC Number: ED403230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Questioning and Understanding To Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT): The Evaluation Results. A Proposal to the National Diffusion Network (NDN), Documenting the Effectiveness of the QUILT Professional Development Program.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
The goals of the QUILT program are to increase and sustain teacher use of classroom questioning techniques and procedures that produce higher levels of student learning and thinking, and to increase the incidence of student responses at higher levels of cognition. Educational research has established relationships between discrete questioning behaviors and student learning and thinking outcomes. Research also documents that most teachers have not incorporated effective questioning behaviors into their classroom repertoire. QUILT is intended to help teachers align their classroom questioning practices with "best practices" by supporting their change efforts over time. Local teams participate in a training-for-trainers that provides the knowledge, skills, and materials required to implement QUILT. Activities for faculty include: workshops; collegiums; observation sessions; and specified classroom applications. After one year's participation in QUILT, teachers in 13 schools showed significant gains in knowledge, understanding, and application of concepts related to effective questioning. A random sample of these teachers showed positive changes in their questioning techniques. Also, student answers to teacher questions were more often at cognitive levels above simple recall following teachers' participation in QUILT. Attachments include: the QUILT model; an annotated bibliography; a list of participants in QUILT field tests; and summaries of workshop evaluations and observation data. (ND)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Processes, Questioning Techniques, Secondary School Teachers, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348; (800) 624-9120.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.