ERIC Number: EJ1179463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Agency, Efficacy, Engagement, and Emotional Resilience during Policy Innovation Implementation
Wilcox, Kristen Campbell; Lawson, Hal A.
Journal of Educational Change, v19 n2 p181-204 May 2018
This multiple case study investigated 143 teachers' responses to focus group questions about their experiences with the simultaneous implementation of three disruptive innovations as part of the U.S. Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) agenda: the Common Core Learning Standards, data-driven instruction, and annual professional performance reviews. We asked: How do teachers describe their experiences implementing these three RTTT innovations? How do teachers describe supports for their adaptation to these innovations? And, for each of these questions, and since the study purposefully included schools with above-predicted student outcomes (i.e. odds-beaters) as well as a comparison set of typically performing schools, we inquired: In what ways do odds-beating school teachers' experiences differ from their peers in typically performing schools? Guided by an emergent framework that emphasizes the relationships among teacher agency, engagement, efficacy, and emotional resilience and how these vary in different school contexts, findings suggest that district office innovation leadership and resource allocations, school leadership structures and strategies, and collaborative teams and communities of practice vary and relate to teachers' experiences of innovation implementation. This study advances an empirically-grounded and theoretically rich framework for investigation of teachers' performance adaptation during policy innovation implementation and suggests implications for future research, policy, and practice.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Teacher Motivation, Resilience (Psychology), Educational Policy, Educational Innovation, Program Implementation, Educational Change, Case Studies, Focus Groups, Common Core State Standards, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Resource Allocation, Communities of Practice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
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