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ERIC Number: ED516466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 226
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-8107-6
Enhancing Junior High Students' Language Arts Literacy Skills: Using Collaboration and Professional Development to Design and Implement a New Curricular Approach
Curry, Elizabeth Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Rowan University
In this study, I explored the impact of collaboration and capacity building during the design and implementation of a teacher-developed middle grades Language Arts Literacy curriculum. Participants included ten teachers and a literacy coach. We developed skill-based thematic units incorporating identified strategies designed to increase student engagement and strengthen instructional practices. Seventh grade students comprised the primary cohort receiving instruction using the units. During Cycle IV, I expanded the initiative to include two sixth grade and all eighth grade classes. This mixed-method action research dissertation afforded me the opportunity to examine the effectiveness of my leadership. Through reflective practice, I grounded my leadership theory in transformational and servant leadership. Focusing on curriculum development, I was able to confirm that my leadership promoted teacher ownership of instruction, encouraged a shift towards student-centered instruction, and fostered the development of leadership skills among team members. Instructional outcomes realized during this project included the successful development of both a specialized curriculum and an increase in student literacy skills. Participants identified an appreciation for opportunities for teacher collaboration, inclusion in the decision-making process, and the movement towards teacher autonomy. Educational leaders, therefore, should acknowledge collaboration as an integral component of capacity building and team learning. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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