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ERIC Number: ED441221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 31
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Reading Specialists in Leadership Roles.
Bean, Rita M.; Knaub, Rebecca; Swan, Allison
A study investigated the importance of reading specialists who work in schools identified as having exemplary reading programs and the roles and functions of these reading specialists. In stage 1 of this study, a 19-item survey questionnaire was sent to 111 school principals with exemplary reading programs, asking them about the reading specialist's importance to the reading program's success. In stage 2, specialists from these exemplary schools were interviewed to obtain an elaborate description of how each fulfilled her role. In stage 1, 58 responses from principals in 29 states were received, for a 52% response rate. Thirty-nine schools employed reading specialists, while 17 had never had reading specialists. Principals indicated that specialists performed a multitude of tasks that ranged from working with students to performing leadership roles in the schools. Of the 15 specified tasks, instruction was identified as being carried out almost daily by the specialists. In stage 2, a sample of 30 was extracted from the 39 schools with reading specialists. Ultimately, 12 reading specialists were given a 24-item structured interview designed to obtain detailed information about how specialists fulfilled 5 leadership tasks. All saw themselves as school and community liaisons and fulfilled both an instructional and a leadership role. Those aspiring to be reading specialists should become knowledgeable about literacy teaching and learning and should have experiences that enable them to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary for their positions. (Contains 2 tables, a figure, and 17 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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