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Dissertation - NSU Access Only

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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


This report describes a model program that through the administering of staff development inservice workshops (allowing for feedback and support services), assists teachers in utilizing developmentally appropriate practices in the primary grades. The inservice workshops were designed to facilitate the development of optimum team work strategies through and examination of the interests and performance styles of the teacher and teacher aide. The improved teamwork allowed the teacher and teacher aide to create and maintain enriched child-oriented classrooms. The model shown a sequential plan for increasing parent-child story-telling and story reading interactions. The plan included workshops for parents, parent-child activities, and methods to use to help parents select stories appropriate for their children. The process of selecting stories was based on the ages, abilities and interests of the respective children. The assessment instruments administered before and after the practicum showed the success of the practicum. There was a change in the methods in which the teacher aide and volunteers were used in the classroom. The classroom environment and activities were changed so that the class environment was child-centered. Classroom activities became more developmentally appropriate and were based on the interests and needs of the children.

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