ERIC Number: EJ890460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Embedded Teacher Learning Opportunities as a Site for Reflective Practice: An Exploratory Study
Camburn, Eric M.
American Journal of Education, v116 n4 p463-489 Aug 2010
Framed by sociocultural learning perspectives, this study examines whether embedded learning opportunities for teachers are more supportive of reflective practice than traditional professional development. All schools in this study implemented a comprehensive school reform program. The designs of the programs introduced embedded learning opportunities for teachers by adding teacher leadership positions and encouraging various forms of teacher collaboration. The results indicate that these two kinds of embedded learning opportunities are positively and strongly associated with teacher reflection, and the effects of these variables were twice the size of the effect of traditional professional development. Implications and limitations of the results are discussed.
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Leadership, Educational Development, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Opportunities, Predictor Variables, Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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