ERIC Number: ED432537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
The Effects of Professional Development Activities on the Skill Acquisition of Teachers.
Whitworth, Jerry E.
This paper describes a professional development model which emerged from two projects that had professional development of teachers as an important component. The first project, Project Lighthouse, provided teachers with training to facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into general education classrooms. The second project was a science project designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to help students succeed in the sciences as demonstrated by their academic performance both in their current grade and in subsequent grades. Teachers participated in the training and completed various forms of evaluation and feedback. Based on experiences with the two projects, researchers developed a professional development model that attempts to facilitate the growth of teachers toward sustained skill mastery using a focused, programmed approach that provides them with support at each stage. The model's six levels are as follows: basic information, observation, guided practice, skill enhancement, initial mastery, and sustained mastery. The paper describes how to accomplish each level of the model. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teaching Skills
Paper presented at the International Conference on Teacher Education (3rd, Kfar Saba, Israel, June 27-July 1, 1999).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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