ERIC Number: ED331130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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A Strategy To Develop Teacher Leadership for School Restructuring: Teacher Collegial Groups.
Keedy, John L.
Schooling has long reflected a bureaucratized, assembly line organization. The National Governors' Association has advocated a systematic restructuring of schools to increase student learning. This paper has four goals: (1) to define school restructuring; (2) to suggest how principals, teachers, and students may forge new relationships; (3) to suggest teacher collegial groups (TCGs) as an effective strategy for principals desiring to help staff assume challenging professional roles; and (4) to share some positive and some problematic results of a 2-year school site experiment with TCGs. Data collected through participant observation, focused interviewing, and questionnaires were analyzed, using qualitative case study techniques. Year 1 results showed that teachers improved their instruction through their TCG participation, although they had some difficulty formulating year-long foci and identifying game plans. In the second year, foci and game plans were subjected to content analysis; findings indicate that contrived collegiality might have occurred. Organizational cultures encouraging the norms of collegiality and experimentation may be difficult to institutionalize in schools. Further teacher collegiality research is needed. (13 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, March 1991).