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ERIC Number: EJ906858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 107
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Instructional Coaching: Building Theory about the Role and Organizational Support for Professional Learning
Gallucci, Chrysan; Van Lare, Michelle DeVoogt; Yoon, Irene H.; Boatright, Beth
American Educational Research Journal, v47 n4 p919-963 Dec 2010
Instructional coach initiatives aimed at teachers' professional development are expanding in reforming school districts across the United States. This study addresses the lack of research regarding the professional development of instructional coaches. Drawing on sociocultural learning theory, specifically a model called the Vygotsky Space, the authors use a case approach to examine the learning experiences of a single secondary literacy coach. Hypotheses suggest that (a) coaches are not unproblematic conduits of reform ideas but are also learners of new content and pedagogy; (b) as coaches' conceptual development about instruction grows, their ability to coach also matures; and (c) professional development that supports coaches is best aligned around a workplace pedagogy that addresses the learning needs of multiple system actors. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures, and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Washington