ERIC Number: ED469751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Science versus Service: Narrative and Story-Based Professional Development with School Administrators at a County Regional School District.
Danzig, Arnold; Wright, William
This paper describes a professional development approach using narrative and study. During the 2000-2001 school year, researchers worked with the leadership team (13 educators) of a county accommodation school district in a major urban center in the southwestern United States. The general goal of professional development was to assist the leadership team in accomplishing high quality work while paying attention to the underlying moral purposes of their work at an accommodation school district that serves homeless children, incarcerated children, and children who have been unsuccessful in their prior school experiences. The approach asked education leaders to explore their own stories, their workplace experiences, and professional dilemmas as they crafted stories of practice. Three general assumptions about professional development guided the project: (1) to respect the intellectual capacity of school administrators and others in the school district; (2) to focus on building competence with attention to individual and organizational leadership; and (3) to promote continuous inquiry and school betterment that are embedded in the daily practice of schools. Outcomes of this work were the stories that participants produced, the discussions that followed, and the applications to other tasks/responsibilities of the leadership team. Seven such stories are attached. (Contains 4 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).