ERIC Number: ED452174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
More Is Not Always Better: Comprehensive Evaluation of a Summer Institute on Interdisciplinary Teamed Instruction for School-Level Teams.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Cowley, Kimberly S.; Burns, Rebecca C.
The Interdisciplinary Teamed Instruction (ITI) project investigated the effects of interdisciplinary, teamed instruction on secondary school teaching and learning. It examined the effectiveness of a professional development model that facilitated the development, implementation, and evaluation of ITI. Through summer institutes and onsite workshops, project staff provided training, resources, and ongoing technical assistance to teams of teachers and administrators. Teams designed and tested integrated curricula that incorporated learning activities and alternative assessments; conducted collaborative action research to determine the effectiveness of units; and redesigned units using feedback from key stakeholders. Three summer institutes were held to help teacher-administrator teams build capacity for collaboration and interdisciplinary teamed instruction. One institute helped teams design integrated units, plan learning activities and assessments, and present their units. Researchers evaluated the institute's processes, outcomes, and products via questionnaires, observations, interviews, reflective assignments, feedback forms, oral evaluation feedback, and ratings of participants' presentations. Overall, the summer institute affected teacher self-efficacy, decision making, impact, and autonomy in scheduling. Its greatest impact was on collaboration, cooperative learning, assessment rubrics, multiple intelligences, and team building. Participants were very positive about the institute, which strengthened their belief in and commitment to ITI concepts and practices. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Evaluation, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Self Esteem, Summer Programs, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Workshops
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