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ERIC Number: ED360289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development through a Teacher Book Club.
Pelletier, Carol Marra
This paper describes the development of a teachers' book club as a form of professional development, based on the premise that teachers are leaders and can be responsible for their own professional development, if given a framework and opportunity to do so. Data sources included a survey and interviews with club members. Analysis of the success of the book club revealed four major contributing factors: (1) leadership style; (2) the environment in which the group held their discussions, including its physical space and the group climate; (3) the group members themselves, who included teachers of all grade levels and disciplines; and (4) integration of the book club into the teachers' daily routine. It was also felt that the club's success was due to the fact that teachers themselves selected the club as a professional development activity and made the commitment to it. The paper concludes that teacher conversations about teaching and learning should be promoted and links from theory to practice should be created. The reading list for the book club is appended, as well as a form for evaluating professional development activities. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A