ERIC Number: ED442756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Teacher Self-Evaluation of Renewal Efforts of Their Teaching Practices To Improve Student Achievement.
Fountain, Cheryl; Drummond, Robert J.; Senterfitt, Heather D.
This study evaluated how teachers perceived their efforts to improve their teaching practices by participating in the Jacksonville Urban Educational Partnership (JUEP), a Professional Development School (PDS). The JUEP was designed to create sustained, high quality, professional development systems for inservice educators in three PDSs. The study explored how teachers at the end of their third year of the project rated their development of seven professional norms: collegiality, experimentation and risk taking, reflectivity, multicultural sensitivity, decision making, ongoing inquiry, and commitment to teaching. The study also examined the climate of these schools and teachers' attitudes toward the project. The 150 participating teachers completed a climate scale, a professional norms scale, a series of demographic items, and one open-ended question which asked them to name ways that JUEP had impacted their classroom practice. Overall, teachers indicated that JUEP had a degree of success in achieving its goals. One-third of the teachers listed one or more examples of how JUEP influenced their classroom practice. Two overriding positive themes were collegiality and communication generated by the project and the team approach used (teachers, university faculty, and student teachers). Surveys and survey results are appended. (SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Collegiality, Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Multicultural Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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 (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).