A proposed program of professional development for middle school English/language arts teachers : based on a study of desired competencies expressed by middle school teachers of English/language arts in selected Texas schools



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The purpose of the study was to collect and analyze data from a stratified sample of randomly selected teachers in Texas regarding fifteen competencies for teaching English/language arts to middle school students and to propose a program of professional development based on the analysis of the collected data. The study addressed three research questions. Among Texas middle school teachers of English/language arts 1. What degree of agreement exists regarding each of the fifteen competencies derived from the professional literature? 2. What relative need for further development is placed on each of the fifteen competencies? 3. What modes of professional growth are preferred to further develop these competencies? The respondents were also asked would they participate in these modes of professional growth if such were available. [...]