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ERIC Number: ED434384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 13
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The Journey to Teacher Empowerment.
Goyne, June; Padgett, Dara; Rowicki, Mark A.; Triplitt, Tom
This paper describes ways that administrators can empower teachers and build strong, effective teams in a school. It opens by defining power and explains that traditional organizational hierarchical structures tend to motivate people to use power in self-protective ways. It claims that for empowerment to work, leaders must help people use their power creatively and collaboratively for good. The article examines pitfalls in implementing an empowerment agenda, such as announcing a new philosophy and then doing nothing to implement it, and shares some precautions that need to be taken when empowering teachers through shared decision-making. Teachers' decisions should carry some relevance for them, and administrators must avoid giving teachers responsibility for a decision with no corresponding power to implement the decision. Leaders should address their own fears and assume that most people, when empowered, will invest more of themselves and function at a higher, more creative level. The paper lists the three keys to empowerment: share information with everyone, replace old hierarchies with self-directed teams, and create autonomy through boundaries. It also outlines the six dimensions of teacher empowerment: shared decision making, teacher professional development, teacher status, teacher self-efficacy, teacher autonomy, and teacher impact. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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