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ERIC Number: EJ1280219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Navigating Early Childhood Teachers Initial Resistance to Literacy Coaching in Diverse Rural Schools
Cutrer-Párraga, Elizabeth A.; Heath, Melissa A.; Caldarella, Paul
Early Childhood Education Journal, v49 n1 p37-47 Jan 2021
Literacy coaching, an effective professional development strategy for early childhood teachers, is a respected component in educational reform initiatives. This qualitative case study explored and described interactive processes between literacy coaches (n = 5) and Kindergarten teachers (n = 6). This study focused on how established kindergarten teachers in four diverse, rural impoverished schools in the southeastern United States exhibited initial resistance to literacy coaching. The data suggested that although relationship-focused strategies were important for all teachers, these strategies were essential for low-implementing, initially resistant teachers. Additionally, teachers who were low-implementing, initially resistant required intensive strategies to address cross-cultural challenges and to leverage principal's support in positive ways. Although building relationships required trust, improving teaching skills required navigating resistance and bridging differences between the coach and teacher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A100654