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Title: Motivating study groups across the disciplines in secondary schools
Contributor(s): Styslinger, Mary E (author); Clary, Deidre  (author); Oglan, Victoria A (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2014.901235
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Abstract: This article introduces Project RAISSE: Reading Assistance Initiative for Secondary School Educators and shares the findings of a study into those factors found to motivate study group participants at two rural high schools in the southern USA. The research team collected qualitative data over a two-year period, including interviews, artifacts, observations, blogs and surveys. Data were analyzed for any indication of that which positively or negatively impacted participants using a content analysis approach. The inquiry yielded the following four categories found to motivate study group participation in a secondary school setting: creating an environment for adult learning; translating new literacy learning into practice; providing and developing materials and resources; and blogging to continue conversation. The article offers a detailed framework for developing and implementing a network of onsite study groups designed to motivate teachers' ongoing learning that impacts instructional improvement. The conceptual framework underpinning Project RAISSE offers insight into how we might address systemic professional development for secondary schools that has a good chance of improving instructional practice and positively affecting student achievement.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Professional Development in Education, 41(3), p. 467-486
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1941-5265
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130106 Secondary Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
390305 Professional education and training
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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