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ERIC Number: ED549376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 291
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2672-6642-2
Teacher Experience, Learning, and Change: An Investigation of the Effects of Long-Term Professional Development
Coffino, Kara Lee
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota.
As US public schools become increasingly diverse and teachers are expected to teach across cultural differences, teacher educators must consider how different professional development models shape teacher learning and practice. This study explores how a cohort of 55 P-12 teachers experienced and perceived long-term professional development focused on literacy instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Specifically, it examines characteristics of the process of change for the collective case of participants during their participation in three literacy courses facilitated on-site in the district. The study also provides a close look at the experiences of four upper elementary teachers throughout coursework and in the semester following their completion of the final course. Using grounded theory and symbolic interactionism as a methodological framework, the study utilized and explored data from a three-year professional development program enacted through a partnership between a rural school district and a major university. Data collection tools include surveys, reflections, course artifacts, focus groups, observations, interviews, fieldnotes, and questionnaires. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method associated with grounded theory research to determine categories of interest and inductively generate theory. The impact of coursework can lead to small or significant changes in mindset and practice. Study findings indicate that change happens both incrementally, as a result of on-going support and repeated exposures to ideas, as well as resulting from single, pivotal moments. Course design, duration, and structure were key factors in supporting teacher change. [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: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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