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ERIC Number: ED410246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
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The Evolution of a Research Design: Evaluating Professional Development Schools in the NEA Teacher Education Initiative.
Loving, Cathleen C.; And Others
There is growing evidence that establishing school-university partnerships for the purpose of restructuring schools has impacts on teacher education, the elementary and secondary curriculum, and the knowledge base that undergirds the profession. In 1988 the National Education Association (NEA) created the Teacher Education Initiative (TEI) to achieve comprehensive reform in education with a major focus on program curriculum evaluation and delivery aspects associated with the professional development of teachers in Professional Development Schools (PDS) where schools and universities cooperate for educational improvement. This paper explores the initial years of the NEA-TEI research process. Part I describes the research that led to a better understanding of what successful school and university partnerships entail and their characteristics and components. Part II is a description of a seven-site longitudinal research design, and first-year results, from the first exploration of the operation of these partnerships and eight other principles of the TEI. Part III provides a detailed look at how one of the sites in the longitudinal study, Texas A&M University, adapted and used the research design in three of its PDS in the first evaluation year. Overall, partnership has had positive effects on all partner institutions. Although the partnerships for teacher education required great time commitments from all partners, the benefits to students outweighed the negatives. (Contains 14 tables and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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