ERIC Number: ED374091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Changing Contexts for Changing Roles: Teachers as Learners and Leaders in Universities, Professional Development Schools, and School Districts.
Collinson, Vivienne; And Others
This paper synthesizes the results of three case studies that focus on urban and suburban elementary teachers who are engaged in new roles: as learners, as clinical educators, and as leaders. Results of the studies suggest that epistemological issues; workplace contexts; and an ethic of care, which is especially noticeable in collegial relationships, have considerable impact on teachers as leaders and learners. The first case study examined interactions among the school- and university-based faculty who, for two terms, were co-teachers of a social studies methods course. The second study investigated teachers in the role of clinical educators, i.e., school-based teacher educators who are involved in teacher preparation, beginning teacher support, teacher development, and school and college professional development, as well as maintaining a significant classroom role. The study investigated factors that affect teachers functioning as clinical educators in a professional development school and a university setting. The third case study investigated six veteran teachers, recognized by their colleagues as leaders, and identified attributes shared by these teachers. Among the issues that emerged from the case studies are: the isolation sometimes experienced by teachers who step outside their traditional roles, the importance of personal support for these teachers, and the manner in which differences between university and school culture influence the ways teachers function in new roles. (Contains 24 references.) (IAH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Collegiality, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development Schools, Professional Recognition, Suburban Schools, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Team Teaching, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Teacher Development; Teacher Isolation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Chicago, IL, 1994).