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ERIC Number: ED373061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).