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A school improvement program and the process of teacher change: An ethnographic study


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The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of attempted curricular change as part of a school improvement program through the experiences of five selected teachers living the process. The researcher was a co-teacher with the selected teachers and was also involved in the attempted change. Because of these factors, the researcher chose the ethnographic qualitative research model for research. Data for the study were collected through the use of a research journal; observations of meetings, training sessions and the selected teachers; artifacts collected during the course of the study; and interviews done with the selected teachers.

Analysis of the data led to the following conclusions: (1) School improvement plans that do not include teacher input from the conception of the program create barriers to teacher acceptance that inhibit the acceptance of any curricular change. (2) The administrative leaders of the school improvement plan must have a clear vision of the goals and implementation of the program. Flexibility must be part of the school improvement plan to take into account the social structure of the educational institution and the human nature of the shareholders of the plan. Without a clear vision from the leaders of the program, the teachers will experience confusion that will lead to non-acceptance of the attempted change. (3) School improvement plans in the high school setting must consider the various perspectives and unique curricular needs of the diverse content area teachers who are part of the high school environment. Construction of a plan without considering these unique needs will create intense resistance and non-compliance in some content areas.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Curricula;
Teaching;
School administration;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0514: School administration
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; School improvement; Teacher change
Title
A school improvement program and the process of teacher change: An ethnographic study
Author
Obert, Judith Ann
Number of pages
160
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0542559579, 9780542559570
Advisor
Andrews, Larry
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3208127
ProQuest document ID
305295161
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305295161
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