ERIC Number: ED432633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Partnership in the Classroom...from Hierarchical Management to Shared Leadership.
Faison, Ade W.
A case study was conducted of a teacher participating in a course for teachers designed to help them create partnerships for learning with students. The Curriculum for Possibilities (CFP) is an in-service course in which teachers examine their underlying beliefs, decisions, and behaviors that dictate their styles and the context of possibilities for their students. The participant was a junior high school Spanish teacher enrolled in the CFP course. In addition to examining the changes experienced by the teacher, the study also explored ways to adapt the CFP course to make it more effective. The teacher was observed as a student in the CFP course and as a teacher in her classroom. The teacher began connecting with her students, with whom she initially had many disciplinary problems, after reflecting in the class on what school meant to her as a student. Her attitudes toward her colleagues improved, and she became more open to forming a partnership for learning with her students. Among the suggestions for improving the CFP class was establishing a one-on-one teacher-coach relationship to help the teacher develop as a practitioner of CFP pedagogy. Another recommendation is to obtain a baseline assessment of the teacher's class from the school's principal and then follow this with an assessment at midterm of the difference the course is making. (Contains 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Columbia University.