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"the big picture"
This three-year study looks at how tools which are designed to measure an instructor’s Readiness to Change
(via the Transtheoretical Model for behavior change)
can indicate an instructor’s readiness to learn new skills and concepts with respect to novel teaching and learning practices related to a self-directed learning philosophy.
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HYPOTHESIS: We expect high-level Readiness to Change will correlate with increased frequency of novel teaching and learning strategies. Likewise, we expect low-level Readiness to Change will correlate with no increased frequency of novel teaching and learning strategies.
Primary Long-Term Impact:
By measuring INSTRUCTOR Readiness to Change, we can IMPROVE the effectiveness in how we introduce novel TEACHING Strategies (thus positively affecting student learning).
Tools to be Used:
Trans-Theoretical Model for Faculty (TTM-F)
Teaching Strategy Self-Assessment (TSSA)
Instructors are introduced to novel teaching practices through the use of online web-based instructional modules. These modules are designed to match the instructor’s Readiness to Change and align expectations for implementation of novel practices. Throughout the study, surveys monitor changes to instructor Readiness to Change as well as the frequency of those novel teaching strategies being introduced.
Secondary Long-Term Impact:
By measuring STUDENT Readiness to Change, we can IMPROVE the effectiveness of introducing novel LEARNING Strategies.
Tools to be Used:
Trans-Theoretical Model for High School (TTM-HS)
Learning Strategy Self-Assessment (LSSA)
This study also considers how tools that are designed to measure Readiness to Change (Transtheoretical Model for behavior change) can indicate a student’s willingness to learn new skills and concepts related to new learning strategies within a classroom setting. Surveys monitoring student Reading to Change are intended to measure effects of changes to instructor Reading to Change. Survey tools for juniors and seniors at participating public, charter, or private high schools across California will measure Readiness to Change as well as the frequency of novel classroom learning strategies.