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ERIC Number: ED444940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 18
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In the Middle: Negotiating Multiple Perspectives of School Reform.
Marchant, Catherine
This paper examines the perspective of professional developers as change agents of reform, presenting a self-study of one professional developer/change agent's experiences in an urban school system during the initial year of reform. It highlights obstacles and supports she encountered while working at two early education schools during the project's first 2 years and examines her need for the same kind of deep-seated, reflective, and transformative professional development required of teachers with whom she worked. Ethnographic methods were used to describe her experiences, including field notes of activities and feelings about both sites, monthly invoices, periodic progress reports, minutes from project meetings, documents and artifacts about reform, and notes from a support group meeting for professional developers. The paper concludes with lessons learned that were different from those already reported in other projects. For example, her role as middleman (linking the reformers sponsoring the change to the school teachers and principals) was difficult and complicated her role as coach. Implications for reform include: change is complex, and attention to its process is important; sensitivity to change processes means interrogating one's own and others' assumptions about how learning happens; and professional developers need professional development. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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