ERIC Number: ED455220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Indiana's "Class Size Reduction" Initiative: Teacher Perspectives on Training, Implementation and Pedagogy.
Lapsley, Daniel K.; Daytner, Katrina M.
Prime Time is a funding mechanism that allows Indiana school corporations to hire instructional assistants for K-3 classrooms with large enrollments. The goal is the establishment of a favorable student-teacher ratio. In the first evaluation of this program, researchers conducted a stratified random cluster survey of 680 K-3 teachers from across Indiana. In addition to soliciting descriptive information about teacher and aide characteristics, the researchers wanted to determine how teachers typically used aides, how often aides were present in eligible classrooms, and whether teachers with aides altered grouping and instructional practices. Results showed that the presence of instructional assistants was associated with certain teacher grouping and instructional practices. Aides were typically present every day in eligible Prime Time classrooms, although they were often shared among classrooms, making them unavailable for the entire instructional day in any given classroom. Teachers indicated that aides required them to greatly alter their teaching strategies in positive ways, and that Prime Time costs were well justified. The researchers conclude that the "Prime Time strategy" of providing teachers with aides may be as promising a way of encouraging pedagogical best practices as reducing class size. (Contains 15 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis.
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana