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ERIC Number: ED431713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 34
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Teachers Leading Their Own Professional Growth: Self-Directed Reflection and Collaboration and Changes in Perception of Self and Work in Secondary School Teachers.
Beatty, Brenda R.
This study investigated professional growth as an individually reflective and authentically collaborative phenomenon. The study examined the extent to which self-directed professional learning, personal and shared reflection, and authentic collaboration within a supportive study group could create changes in secondary teachers' perceptions of themselves and their work and catalyze professional growth. Eight individuals, including the researcher, met monthly over 5 months for focused reflection, professional study, and collaboration. Participants shared group leadership. Data collection included pre- and post-intervention interviews about motivation and job satisfaction; questionnaires to assess locus of control, self-efficacy, self-directed learning readiness, and potential for flow; journal writings; and participant observation. Motivation was found to be intrinsic in all participants and demotivation was also largely intrinsic, in combination with extrinsic factors in some participants. Most participants indicated shifts toward the optimal center in locus of control and toward increased self-directed learning readiness, teacher self-efficacy and potential for flow of work. All participants reported changes in their perceptions of self and work as a result of the intervention. They felt more motivated and satisfied, more in control, more confident about their ability to self-direct professional learning, more confident about their effectiveness and ability to reflect on their effectiveness, and more likely to experience flow in connection with their work. Participants considered the experience deeply satisfying emotionally, intellectually, personally, and professionally. (Contains 56 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada