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ERIC Number: EJ837348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
From Curriculum to Activism: A Graduate Degree Program in Literacy to Develop Teachers as Leaders for Equity through Action Research
Phillips, Rachel; Hollingsworth, Sandra
Educational Action Research, v13 n1 p85-102 Mar 2005
This article presents findings from a 2-year reflexive action research study of a cohort-based Master's degree program in literacy for practicing teachers. Questions revolved around whether and how the program brought about changes in candidates' conceptions about literacy, expertise in literacy, and leadership/activist skills to foster equity in their classrooms and schools. Faculty used data from action research to make cyclical changes to the program each semester. Data sources included candidate interviews, e-mail correspondence, course notes, classroom observations, questionnaires and a survey. The candidates own evolving action research projects within their schools also became data sources. A qualitative analysis suggests that the program was generally successful in meeting its goals. The elements of the program contributing to its success were: the evolving program design based on action research data; the collegiality of the cohort; broadening conceptions of literacy; learning action research; and developing leadership skills. Factors contributing to factors around which candidates failed to meet these goals are also explored. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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