ERIC Number: ED471833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
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Hitting the TARGET? A Case Study of the Experiences of Teachers in Steel Mill Learning Centers.
Rose, Amy D.; Jeris, Laurel; Smith, Robert
Part of a larger study on the experience of teaching in the steel mill learning environment was an inquiry focused on professional development. Teachers and coordinators were all members of the Teachers Action Research Group for Educational Technology (TARGET), a group of adult educators interested in improving learning and teaching in career development programs in steel mills. Data collection methods included interviews with two men and seven women, observations of classroom dynamics, and a review of documents generated by TARGET. Interviews concerned interviewees' perceptions of their own professional development. Findings indicated no participant had any academic preparation in adult education; they arrived at their current positions almost accidentally; they seemed to possess a marked flexibility in relation to their careers; all exhibited a sense of mission for their programs and a fairly sophisticated sense of the possibilities of adult education; they recognized the need for career development centers to undo the bad educational experiences of workers; all coordinators worked to establish the centers as a safe space, an idea that carried over into offerings; learning the job and becoming a part of the culture were important parts of professional development and professional identity; professional commitment and renewal took many forms, including participation in national conferences, university classes, self study, and networking. (YLB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Career Development, Dislocated Workers, Educational Objectives, Inplant Programs, Metal Industry, Professional Development, Program Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Response, Teaching Experience
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 ($30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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