ERIC Number: ED238141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Finding and Founding Peer Coaching: An Interim Report of the Application of Research on Faculty Relations to the Implementation of Two School Improvement Experiments.
Bird, Tom; Little, Judith Warren
This paper describes the researchers' attempt to apply a social organizational view to the task of developing and implementing peer coaching systems in two schools involved in a school improvement experiment. The premise for the study was based on three findings: (1) staff expectations influence the school's ability to change, (2) the tactics used and the ability to initiate change are affected by building organization, and (3) the school as a workplace affects staff development. The researchers found that school innovations as described on paper would take more energy and tenacity to implement than was available for their research project. They also found that the schools in the study had little ability to support change, so the researchers had to work to increase that ability. Outlined are eight characteristics crucial in the establishment and maintenance of a peer coaching system. The researchers' experiences lead them to suggest that the introduction of new practices is very difficult, and that peer coaching would require adequate time in practice before any meaningful evaluation might be made of its success or failure. A list of references is included. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Action Research, Inc., Boulder, CO.