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ERIC Number: ED520142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-8670-2
Micropolitical Negotiations within School Reform
Skelton, Jane
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Boston College
This case study examines the micropolitical strategies that a coach and seven teachers utilized to negotiate ideological and epistemological beliefs during required common planning time meetings for the period of one semester in an urban middle school. Theories of micropolitics and critical discourse analysis guided the development of the research questions that emphasized the political nature of the transactions and interactions between individuals within a school and how these negotiations were affected by the cultural and political climate of the district and the ideologies of individuals within that school about how students learn. The findings revealed how coaching as a reform strategy is highly influenced by the context of the school. The observations of mandated common planning time meetings, interviews with the coach and teachers, and other artifacts suggest that the power relationships between the members of the school community and political tensions of time, autonomy, ideological conflict, and trust influenced the discourse and interaction of the coach and teachers and influenced the implementation of the school's reform initiative. [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: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States