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ERIC Number: EJ1104342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Building Discretionary Authority in a Teacher Education Program
Baker, Scott; Milner, Joseph O.
Action in Teacher Education, v38 n2 p91-103 2016
This article reports on a teacher education program's use of "teaching rounds" and "action research" to build teacher candidates' "discretionary authority," the confidence to make their own teaching decisions rather than model their classroom choices solely on a mentor teacher's classroom pedagogy. Discretionary authority is promoted by many contemporary business and government organizations as a central feature of the transformational leadership that Burns long ago contrasted with transactional leadership. The impact of candidates' discretionary authority is validated by the top marks awarded by their principals and mentors on the NC Department of Public Instructions IHE Performance Report. Their independence of mind is further corroborated by the important accomplishments they achieved in their first 5 years of teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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