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ERIC Number: ED406371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87367-606-8
Teacher Study Groups for Professional Development. Fastback 406.
Cramer, Genny; And Others
A teacher study group is a collaborative group organized by teachers to help them strengthen their professional development in areas of common interest. Groups provide an important structure for gaining autonomy and a major means for growing professionally while building communities of learners and providing avenues for self-actualization. This fastback looks at the foundations of the teacher study group concept, then explores four basic processes for developing effective teacher study groups. These processes are: (1) determining needs and purposes; (2) defining the group; (3) setting meeting procedures; and (4) documenting processes and outcomes. Suggestions for maintaining the momentum of study groups are provided, along with a summary of the four-stage cycle of the teacher group study process: goal identification, exploration, synthesis and application, and evaluation. Types of teacher study groups include: collaborative learning groups, administrators' study groups, computer-connected groups, teacher-initiated student study groups, and teacher study groups outside the school setting. Benefits of these groups as well as cautions and considerations are outlined. (Contains 22 references.) (ND)
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.