ERIC Number: ED429938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Teacher-Researchers: One Year Later.
Salzman, James A.; Snodgrass, Donna
This study examined whether the effects of collaboration between schools and higher education would persist 1 year after discontinuation of an action research project. Participants were teachers and other district personnel who had completed an action research seminar the previous year. They completed a survey that compared their present attitudes toward research and research issues with those that they held prior to the seminar. The survey also had them reflect on their experiences and the skills they developed during their action research projects, examined how their participation had affected their classroom practices, and investigated how they integrated the new skills, especially the use of technology, that they had learned into their practice. Data analysis indicated that 1 year later, participants perceived themselves as being capable of both consuming and creating research that was meaningful and valuable. Teachers had heightened awareness of the need to gather data systematically before drawing conclusions. The project affected how they talked about their classroom practice and the activities in which they engaged to improve their own teaching and their students' learning. They appeared to have developed attitudes that enabled them to apply theory to practice in ways that had value for them and their students. Teachers were more comfortable accessing information databases on the World Wide Web. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-West Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 14-17, 1998).