ERIC Number: ED431743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Evaluating a Teacher Education Program: A Study of the Social and Personal Construction of the Concept "Model-Based Instruction."
Steinley, Gary; Penrod, Kathryn; Reisetter, Marcy
This paper reports the results of a program-evaluation process used by faculty of an undergraduate teacher education department in a mid-sized university; reports findings related to how program participants socially constructed the concept of Model-Based Instruction (MBI) over 9 years; and discusses how individuals constructed the concept of MBI. Participants in the program were teachers in the field who worked with preservice students, university educators who taught in the professional semesters, and student teachers. Participants completed several interviews on what MBI meant to them and how they would explain it. Data analysis indicated that the social construction of MBI has gone through three stages of concept development and is now in the fourth. At different stages, certain understandings of MBI seem more pervasive. Results highlighted six concept-based categories of MBI. There was some relationship between when practicing teachers entered the university program and their concept of MBI. Some forms and practices used in the program (e.g., student observation forms) tended to promote concepts of MBI that did not parallel the concept being taught in class. The structure of the second professional semester was based on and reinforced earlier concepts of MBI. The study noted that MBI is only a concept which will continue to change and grow to provide a better fit for the work being done. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).