ERIC Number: EJ1022130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
"It's Part of the Fabric": Creating Context for the Successful Involvement of an Outside Expert of Jewish Early Childhood Education in School Change
Brody, David L.; Gorsetman, Chaya R.
Journal of Jewish Education, v79 n3 p199-234 2013
The effectiveness of outside experts in professional development in Jewish schools has been questioned in light of scholarly critique of this approach. This case study examines the sociocultural context of one such long-term project aimed at school improvement through early childhood (EC) curriculum development. The research identifies cultural and organizational factors contributing to the effectiveness of the outside expert's 7-year involvement in the project. Qualitative methods include teacher and administrator interviews, artifacts, and field notes. Findings stress the importance of shared values, collaborative learning, teacher autonomy, and supportive school leadership for success of this professional development model.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Faculty Development, Day Schools, Private Schools, Educational Change, Professional Autonomy, Communities of Practice, Expertise, Curriculum Development, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Teaching Experience, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teacher Collaboration, Time Management, School Culture, Multisensory Learning, Teacher Empowerment, Professional Continuing Education, Consultants, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
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