ERIC Number: ED423605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Principal and Teacher Leader Preparation via a Collaborative Distance Program: Building the Professional Community for School Reform.
This paper presents a model of graduate education for advanced teachers and aspiring school administrators that establishes and fosters the foundations for the development of the professional community in schools. Graduate students enrolled in the first distance-education cohort of a new graduate-degree program became cognizant of the need and importance of the professional community as a vehicle for greater understanding and collaboration. The study describes ways to confront professional isolation and the toll that such isolation takes on educators. It discusses ways to enhance the educational professional community through graduate-degree program design. The paper then presents the results of a 5-year longitudinal study of graduate students in a distance-education cohort graduate-degree program in education. The study focuses on tracking the meanings and activities attributed by graduates of the program to their growing understanding and involvement in building the foundations of the professional community among their colleagues and within schools. All students agreed that the program had deepened their understanding of qualities needed by teachers and school leaders. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).