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ERIC Number: ED469718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-5
Pages: 29
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Traversing the Avenues of Change: The Difficult Road of Teacher Education Reform.
Beck, Judy; Shanks, Joyce
This case study examines programmatic change over two years of reforming a teacher education program. Two teacher educators kept ongoing journals of events, reflecting on program faculty's work and progress in supporting change. Early in the process, their journals highlighted labor intensification, with faculty members facing multiple responsibilities. By the spring, they noted problems initiating systemic reform, with so many agendas apparent that it was difficult to find time to build the vision necessary to support programmatic action and change. Over the summer, the educators developed a fifth year certification program that emphasized students being actively involved in their assigned field placements during the entire academic year in order to better integrate theory and practice. By the fall, the educators realized that participants were not being given the time needed to reflect, plan, analyze, and initiate change. They came to understand that the two of them assuming informal leadership and presenting a program model was not the best way to initiate discussions on program reform and lead substantive change. Three themes emerged: the importance of group visioning, the negative effects of rushing change and not supporting group visioning, and the need for leadership to support a healthy learning community. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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