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ERIC Number: ED421756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Colorado's Charter School Policy and Teacher Professionalism: School Level Interpretations.
Boettiger, Brigitte
To explore how charter schools will enhance teacher professionalism, this paper provides a theoretical framework for a qualitative study that investigated the role played by Colorado's charter-school policy in teacher development. Based on a review of the literature, the paper provides a baseline for comparison. The text examines bureaucratic conceptions of teaching, the prevalence of educational bureaucracies, and the effects of bureaucratic control and standardization, claiming that such an organization is characterized by hierarchies and centralized decision making. The text also examines professional conceptions of teaching, providing some characteristics and examples from the field and claiming that teacher professionalism develops best in schools with flexible and decentralized organizational structures. The text concludes that charter schools are not immune to bureaucracy and that charter-school policy sends contradictory messages about teacher professionalism. Parents usually hold administrative positions in such schools and usually want the authority to hire and fire teachers, which offers teachers little professional control. (Contains 39 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado