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ERIC Number: EJ1050116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1573-1812
Moving the Center of Expertise: Applying a Communities of Practice Framework to Understand Coaching in Urban School Reform
Mayer, Anysia; Woulfin, Sarah; Warhol, Larisa
Journal of Educational Change, v16 n1 p101-123 Feb 2015
Intermediary organizations' coaches are utilized to support and develop principals and teachers as they seek to bring about substantive school improvement. This study presents a qualitative case study of one coach engaged as an intermediary of a school reform organization, the Together Initiative (TI). To investigate how this coach enacted TI reform, we utilized a communities of practice framework and found that although coaches were initially viewed as the leaders of the reform effort, it was actually the teachers who enacted key aspects of the reform. We also surfaced the coach's critical role in helping staff come to understand that they were capable of instituting new practices. This paper provides new perspectives on the complexity of the coaching role in supporting organizational change in urban schools.
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Language: English
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