ERIC Number: ED373061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
The Best Kept Secret...Self-Initiated Change: Veteran Teachers' Catalyst for Renewal.
Collinson, Vivienne; And Others
This paper reviews literature on teaching, learning, and change, focusing on change as a system for self-renewal and examining change in terms of long-term purposes, the risk of failure, self understanding, productive relationships, habits of thinking, and curiosity. The paper presents results from a synthesis of two qualitative case studies of veteran teachers, emphasizing the importance of change and innovation as a source of professional development and renewal throughout their careers. Much of their renewal was self-initiated and undertaken without support from administrators or their district. Discussion includes a possible explanation for self-initiated change, teachers as lifelong learners, learning with/from colleagues, factors that facilitate and/or hinder teachers' efforts to change, and suggestions for assisting veteran teachers in their search for self-renewal. (Contains 44 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Career Development, Case Studies, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Individual Development, Innovation, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Professional Development, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Teachers, Self Actualization, Self Management, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).