ERIC Number: ED410695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Designing Classrooms That Work: Conception and Pilot Study.
During the 1990s, school programs that more explicitly link school and work have been expanded. In order to realize the curricular and pedagogical reforms that underlie these programs, teachers need appropriate staff development. In 1996, RAND staff designed and pilot-tested a 6-week "mini-sabbatical," a prototype course to help teachers in a variety of settings learn how to make the kinds of curricular and pedagogical changes implied by school-to-career reforms. This paper describes the conceptual framework for the design of the mini-sabbatical and findings from assessment of the pilot project. The sabbatical's instructional activities are based on the concepts of adult learning and constructivist learning. The pilot experience showed that: (1) teachers need more assistance in developing assessments; (2) teachers had difficulty relinquishing control over learning; (3) teacher collaboration is an important catalyst for learning; (4) the reflective practitioner needs support through group collaboration; (5) industry experience is not sufficient for developing work-related curricula; and (6) teaching is not always planned. Four tables are included. (Contains 21 references). (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.