ERIC Number: ED428714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Technologies as a Catalyst for Changing Teacher Practices.
Project CIRCLE, a project conducted by the University of Texas Learning Technology Center in collaboration with the Austin Independent School District and the Eanes Independent School District, explored the use of network-based tools to help change teacher practices toward more student-directed and constructivist approaches to learning. Through the use of groupware, the project developed collaborative knowledge-building communities within two high schools. The project demonstrated the efficacy of the tools to help foster collaboration within and between classrooms and the use of high school students as technology mentors for teachers. Topics discussed include: (1) project focus and specific goals--to establish a collaborative knowledge-building community of teachers and students in the school, to develop the CIRCLE model training program, and to develop a self-sustaining program of training and technology infusion in the schools; (2) the approach and tools for collaborative learning--FirstClass, Daedalus, and TeamFocus; (3) project evaluation methods, including both quantitative and qualitative components; and (4) findings related to the Project CIRCLE Training Model, developing collaborative learning communities, developing a self-sustaining program, teacher utilization and perceptions of student mentors, the role of student mentors, and effects of the CIRCLE Learning Model on students' learning, performance, behavior, and attitudes. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Courseware, Educational Technology, Evaluation Methods, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Secondary School Teachers, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Technology Integration, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A