ERIC Number: ED465597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
In Their Own Words: What Science and Mathematics Teacher Leaders Say Are Important Aspects of Professional Development.
Nesbit, Catherine R.; DiBiase, Warren J.; Miller, Anne-Courtney S.; Wallace, Josephine D.
Reform in science education not only focuses on student learning but also on the changing role that teachers play in the reform movement. This change involves teachers assuming new leadership roles in both their classrooms and schools. The leadership role involves teachers bringing about school-wide change by involving their school colleagues in the decision-making process and empowering them to be the initiators, instead of the receivers of change. Professional development is integral in the preparation of teacher leaders involved in change. The FIRST Project was a statewide professional development program designed to develop a cadre of elementary science and mathematics teacher leaders in North Carolina. This chapter describes the elements of the 15 professional development programs that the teacher leaders found helpful when implementing their new leadership role in the school. The elements identified by the teacher leaders are embodied in three categories termed Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy, Delivery of Professional Development, and Leadership Skill Development. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Leadership
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina Univ., Charlotte. Mathematics and Science Education Center.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Developing Teacher Leaders: Professional Development in Science and Mathematics; see ED 451 031.