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ERIC Number: ED443830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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School Councils, Collegial Groups, and Professional Development as Teacher Empowerment Strategies: Assessing the Evidence for Instructional Capacity Building.
Keedy, John L.; Winter, Paul A.; Gordon, Steven P.; Newton, Rose Mary
Three policy strategies interpreted as intended to empower teachers within the new policy context of school autonomy were studied. Teacher services in Kentucky's school councils seemed to have little effect on empowering teachers since the researchers found in two studies involving 168 and 318 Kentucky teachers that teachers were not even attracted to the job in the first place. Facilitators of teacher collegial groups (two facilitators in a high school) were found to have potential in empowering group members, provided the facilitators conceptualized their roles as learners and supporters of the classroom experimentation process. Selection of the facilitator by the principal was a key factor in this empowerment strategy. In a study of 15 nationally recognized professional development programs, professional development was an effective empowerment strategy when several factors converged at the school site: (1) an atmosphere of support and trust; (2) teachers assuming leadership roles through administrator encouragement; (3) voluntary participation combined with professional norms fostering teacher involvement; (4) diverse, active learning and self-directed learning experiences connected to teacher work and expertise; (5) integration of efforts to improve classroom teaching and learning with school-level improvement and professional development plans; and (6) professional development as a way of life. Implications for building school instructional capacity are discussed. (Contains 49 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky