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ERIC Number: ED314364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Will Empowerment of Teachers Remove Barriers to Educational Reform?
McElrath, Robert L.
This discussion of educational reform and school improvement is divided into three areas. Barriers to reform are considered in the first section, with a particular focus on the role of teacher unions in blocking many proposed reforms, e.g., career ladders, and the intrusion of politics into educational reform movements. It is pointed out that the manner in which schools are organized and administered has also created barriers to educational reform. The involvement of legislatures and state boards of education in assuming greater control through statutes and regulations takes away local autonomy and further disenfranchises teachers. In the second section, the empowerment of teachers is seen as a promising solution to barriers facing reform efforts. Sound teacher empowerment can be the vehicle which restores confidence in the schools and reduces teacher isolation, increases autonomy and accountability, and encourages collegiality among teachers as professionals. Section three lists several guidelines for increasing the empowerment of teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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