ERIC Number: EJ950880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
"Just Listen to Us": The Role of Teacher Empowerment in the Implementation of Responsiveness to Intervention
Pyle, Angela; Wade-Woolley, Lesly; Hutchinson, Nancy L.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v57 n3 p258-272 Fall 2011
Teachers play a vital role in the implementation of new programs. This article discusses how best to support teachers in the face of such change. Specifically, we describe the perspectives of teachers who participated in a pilot project of the responsiveness to intervention model. Through focus group data, the researchers explored the barriers that teachers encountered during the first year of implementation as well as the supports that allowed them to overcome some of these barriers. Despite these supports, one major barrier persisted: all the participants in this study described feelings of powerlessness. This article explores the roots of these frustrations and highlights the resulting role that teacher empowerment can play in the successful implementation of new programs.
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Intervention, Pilot Projects, Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, Response to Intervention, Teacher Role, Program Implementation, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Barriers, Technical Assistance, Performance Factors, Performance Technology, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A