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ERIC Number: ED477719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Regional Educational Technology Assistance Program: Its Effects on Teaching Practices.
Gonzales, Carmen; Pickett, Linda; Hupert, Naomi; Martin, Wendy
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v35 n1 p1-18 Fall 2002
This article discusses the effects of the Regional Technology Assistance Program (RETA) on the teaching practices and collegial behaviors of its participants and instructors. It presents findings that suggest that, as a result of their involvement in RETA's ongoing, peer-directed, constructivist-based professional development workshops, teacher participants and teacher instructors have: (1) increased their use of technology in the classroom; (2) increased their use of certain constructivist practices in the classroom; (3) increased their collaboration with other teachers; and (4) assumed more leadership positions. Successful reorientation of teachers from direct instruction to constructivist teaching methods must alter teachers' epistemologies. Professional development, must address the beliefs held by educators and the methods in which they incorporate those beliefs into their teaching as well as deliver effective, new methods of integrating technology and curricula. (Contains 17 references and 8 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Professional Development, Staff Development, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.