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Excerpt: "When teachers first confront the requirement that they implement some new idea or method into their teaching, they can respond in any of several ways. If we view on a continuum the many possible responses to such a requirement, we will see on one end those teachers who flatly refuse to make any changes. They may rationalize that their pedagogy requires no change or that they already know better than curriculum designers and consultants what needs to occur in their own classrooms and' even in classrooms in general. Jumping to the other extreme of our continuum, we find those teachers who chase down and study all the material they can find on the new method, who end up leading workshops on how to implement the new method, and whose sample classroom lessons or units eventually circulate in print so that others might see what successful implementation actually looks like. Of course, we recognize these extremes as extremes; these illustrations fail to represent the more moderate and more mixed reactions of the majority of teachers. Most teachers fall between my two characterizations. And most teachers likely experience feelings of willingness to implement the method and, simultaneously, frustration over exactly how to go about irnplementing curriculum changes that come their way (Doyle and Ponder 1978, Sieber 1972)."


Originally published in Christian Educators Journal 34,4 (May 1995), 13-15.