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ERIC Number: EJ1198758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
K-12 Learning Theory: Understanding Conditions of Empowerment and Conflict Resolution
McBath, Gabrielle L.
Journal on School Educational Technology, v14 n1 p52-57 Jun-Aug 2018
In U.S. K-12 academia, Conditions of Empowerment and Conflict Resolution are interlinked. Covey's (1991, 2004a, 2004b) Conditions of Empowerment and Short's et al. (1993, 1994a, 1994b), 3 articles of Conflict Resolution connect these two examples. Covey (1991, 2004a, 2004b) suggests educational stakeholders start with the element of trust, while deriving from an honorable character. Drucker's philosophy mirrors this as well (Cohen, 2010). In order for a school district to assess empowerment for long-term goals, one must look at the strength of the faculty, not administration's in isolation. This would disregard personality traits or behavioral styles of employees. This study assessed Covey's (1991, 2004a, 2004b) Conditions of Empowerment; they include, 1. Character (i.e., Abundance Mentality), 2. Skills (i.e., communication, effective interaction, and listening with intent), 3. Win-Win Agreements, 4. Self-Supervision, and the five steps toward Accountability. Short's articles (1993, 1994a, 1994b) reveal that empowerment includes conflict resolution. Teacher-empowerment is a main criterion of managing faculty expectations and preventing unnecessary conflict in the K-12 school district. This is achieved by shared- responsibility and consistent positive communication. However, future research is needed to assess how teachers perceive empowerment from administrators.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Conflict Resolution, Interaction, Communication Skills, World Views, Self Control, Accountability, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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