ERIC Number: ED429266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Structuring Support for Change in the Middle Years Literacy Program.
Hosking, Neville J.; Teberg, Ann S.
This paper suggests that the idea of "taking stock" of the current program--reflecting on what educators believe to be best practice--and then "charting a course" of action to better align practice with vision is a deliberate way for teachers to build capacity to enact reform. It begins by providing a brief overview of the changing direction of middle years literacy programs; an overview that sets the context for a survey that asked teachers to first determine the perceived importance of what are often viewed as key features of a quality literacy program, and then to determine how well their current program and practices were aligned. The findings from this teacher survey, supported by similar surveys of teachers' perceived needs for support, form the basis for the development of a model to help schools and districts assess the array of educational changes facing teachers, and to strategically plan various types of support for assisting teachers to successfully change curriculum and instructional practice. Contains 16 references, the survey instrument, and a figure illustrating aligning innovations and teacher support. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).