Individual Instruction as Catalyst in the Transformation of Teaching

Hait Shaham


This research examines the connection between classroom learning environment and individual instruction methods in the context of the reform known as “New Horizon”. Within this framework of individual instruction, teachers are given opportunities to experiment with various innovative teaching methods and in the process, motivate students and strengthen the personal relationship. Communication and a positive relationship between teachers and the students in the group may contribute to the improvement of the learning environment in the classroom as a whole.

The quantitative research was conducted within the framework of a correlative study among 60 teachers (98.3% women and 1.7% men); all of them provide individual instruction to students in first through sixth grade in three elementary schools located in Haifa and other areas in the north. The sample included home room teachers (53.3%), subject teachers (36.7%) and grade coordinators (1.7%). The age of the participating teachers ranged from twenty seven to fifty two years old. Their tenure in teaching, between two and thirty two years; they took part in the New Horizon reform program for one to eight years.

The teachers were asked to complete questionnaires; one measured the teaching methods of the individual instruction sessions, the second examined nurturing the best learning environment in this setting.

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