ERIC Number: ED422318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Whole-Faculty Study Groups. A Powerful Way To Change Schools and Enhance Learning.
Murphy, Carlene U.; Lick, Dale W.
This book explains how to use whole-faculty study groups to get the entire teaching staff working together on one set of organizational goals. Chapter 1 discusses the school reform environment and the potential of whole-faculty study groups to serve as a major change process for improving schools and student learning. Chapter 2 describes the concept and nature of study groups, their strengths and weaknesses, and their ability to serve as vehicles for change and the creation of collaborative work cultures. Chapter 3 differentiates between means and ends, focusing attention on the desired ends (e.g., enhanced student learning and school improvement). Chapter 4 discusses the principle function of the whole-faculty study group approach, which is to effectively manage change and transition of schools and their processes. Chapter 5 addresses the context for schools in which study groups must function, discussing building commitment. Chapter 6 discusses the process for the whole-faculty study group approach, offering 14 study group process guidelines, 14 procedures for creating communication networks and strategies, and 24 study group work time models. Chapter 7 details content as the heart of the study group process. Chapter 8 discusses the team as the key to effectiveness. (Contains seven tables and figures, four resource appendices, and a recommended reading list.) (SM)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Improvement, Teachers, Teamwork
Corwin Press, Inc., A Sage Publications Company, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (Paper $29.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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