ERIC Number: ED204343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
A Developmental Approach to the Study of Teacher Change: What's to be Gained?
Floden, Robert E.; Feiman, Sharon
The strengths and limitations of a developmental approach to the study of teacher change are described. The developmental approach is characterized by: (1) a focus on an end state (maturity); (2) the assumption that all individuals go through the same sequence of changes leading to that end state; and (3) the assumption that these changes are self-directed. This approach is clarified by using examples, and by contrasting it with a biological model of development and a socialization approach to the study of teacher change. A developmental theory of teacher change cannot provide a justification for particular educational goals; justification for adoption of a developmental stage as a goal must come from outside the theory. Developmental theories might help teacher educators understand the mechanisms by which teachers change, but existing theories of teacher development are weak at this point. A description of the stages of teacher change may help teacher educators sequence their instruction. Seeing early stages from the perspective of the end state may also help teacher educators to appreciate teachers at early stages. The paper concludes with suggestions for those who would attempt a developmental approach to the construction of a theory of teacher change. (Authors)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Behavior Patterns, Behavior Theories, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages, Maturity (Individuals), Moral Values, Professional Development, Psychological Characteristics, Socialization, Teachers
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Note: For related document, see SP 018 656.