ERIC Number: ED387855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Synthesis of the Research on Educational Change. Part 4: The Teacher's Role.
Inos, Rita Hocog; Quigley, Mary Anne
This paper, the fourth in a series, looks at the critical role that teachers play in the success or failure of educational change. The most powerful impact on learning occurs when teachers change their practices and beliefs. The paper describes the experiences of two K-6 Pacific schools--Waialae (Honolulu) and Blanche Pope (Oahu) with systemic curriculum reform through school-community shared decision making. It also describes the Pacific Educator in Residence (PEIR) internship, which is designed to strengthen educator-leadership, and the importance of professional interaction among teachers. Before teachers adopt the latest innovation, they should consider whether the program addresses an important need, shows evidence of success, and works toward improvement of the school's professional culture. Other factors for success include: (1) administrative endorsement and available resources; (2) teacher interest; (3) collaborative work cultures; (5) involvement of teacher unions and professional associations; and (6) individual teachers' acceptance of responsibility. (Contains 18 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Training, Organizational Climate, Professional Development, School Involvement, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation, Teacher Response
Pacific Region Educational Laboratory, 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 500, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.