Designing Classrooms That Work: Conception and Pilot Study

C. Stasz

The NCRVE site at RAND designed a "mini-sabbatical" to help teachers learn how to make the curricular and pedagogical changes implied by school-to-career reforms (such as a focus on "generic" skills and "real-world" applications). The mini-sabbatical leads teachers through both planning and teaching new curriculum, as well as assessing the lessons' effectiveness. This report presents findings from a pilot study of the curriculum on seven teachers, one teacher-trainer and fifty students. Along with its companion document, MDS-963, which gives the curriculum itself, this report will interest curriculum developers, teacher-trainers, and educators engaged in school-to-career programs, including career academies, cooperative education, or school-based enterprises.

MDS-964 / December 1997

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