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ERIC Number: EJ1103652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Perceptions of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Impact on Leadership Preparation: Lessons for Future Reform Efforts
Mette, Ian M.; Nieuwenhuizen, Lisa; Hvidston, David J.
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, v11 n1 May 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of one school's teacher-driven professional development effort to address culturally responsive teaching practices in a large district in a Midwestern state. During the 2011-2012 school year, a team of teachers and principals began a three-year long effort to provide job-embedded professional development intended to focus on delivering high-impact strategies to transform the educational practices of teachers through improving cultural competence. A survey was given to 120 fulltime certified teachers, and findings suggest that while teachers agreed most that the professional development helped examine views on poverty, they agreed least that the professional development helped close the achievement gap. Additionally, elective and special education teachers were significantly more positive than core subject classroom teachers in terms of how the research they read improved instruction and how the professional development provided impacted building-wide faculty instruction. Analysis of open-ended items highlight several themes, namely the professional development helped teachers by acknowledging cultural differences of the students they taught, but that ultimately the challenges of lack of time and implementation apathy impeded the success of the professional development effort. These findings provide important insight for leadership preparation, particularly about supporting teacher-driven efforts, facilitating culturally responsive practices, and the reflecting on the pressures teachers face due to high stakes accountability and reform efforts.
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Faculty Development, Poverty, Teacher Surveys, School Districts, Special Education Teachers, Elective Courses, Educational Strategies, Educational Change, Cultural Awareness, Principals, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Cultural Differences, Leadership Training, Accountability, High Stakes Tests, Teacher Attitudes, Outcomes of Education, Race, Critical Theory, Social Justice, Communities of Practice, Likert Scales, Teacher Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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