ERIC Number: ED421110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Technology Inservice: A Powerful Change Force.
Wentworth, Nancy M.
This research project investigated a collaborative effort between a university teacher education program and a public junior high school in a program to integrate technology into the school curriculum. The university-public school partnership defined inquiry and professional development as two of its primary functions. Several lesson plans were created and implemented by the teachers. Transcribed interviews, journals, and logs were coded as to their connection to eight elements of educational change: (1) "you can't mandate what matters"; (2) change is a journey not a blueprint; (3) conflict is essential; (4) vision and strategic planning come later; (5) individualism and collectivism must have equal power; (6) neither centralization nor decentralization works; (7) connection with the wider environment is critical; and (8) every person is a change agent. By making technology a construction tool in curriculum development, teachers were able to see quick results and impact in their classrooms. Teachers worked on the same software and supported each other in the learning curve. Both students and teachers enjoyed experimenting with the technology. As the program progressed, conversations moved from the mechanics of designing and implementing technology in the classroom to issues of learning and teaching, school renewal, and professional development. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: "SITE 98: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (9th, Washington, DC, March 10-14, 1998). Proceedings"; see IR 018 794.