ERIC Number: ED428448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Sabbatical Leave: A Case Study of Professional Growth and Development.
Holmes, Julie A.
This paper explores the results of a case study of a 6-month sabbatical taken to complete a master's degree program. It reports the case of a practicing elementary school teacher with 9 years of teaching experience. This intrinsic, reflexive case study was undertaken to help the participant better understand the meaning and effect of the sabbatical experience. Data were collected by means of reflective journals and a review of documents. A peer debriefer was utilized to ensure credibility, conformability, and dependability of data collected in this qualitative research design. The paper explores the professional growth and development that resulted from the sabbatical: learning from peers, presenting topics of study to peers and other adults, providing for individual differences of students, using technology, and providing performance and alternative assessments. The report lists the difficulties and frustrations of returning to the classroom following a sabbatical. The paper concludes with the positive effects of the sabbatical on the case study. These effects include an increase in knowledge of various teachers' methods and practices, an improvement in skills to deal with an array of teaching styles, a broadening of commitment to education, and a heightening of flexibility and adaptability in management. (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 Mid-South Educational Research Association (27th, New Orleans, LA, November 4-6, 1998).