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Research on Professional Development Schools
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Research on Professional Development Schools
Teacher Education Yearbook VII


Volume: 7

February 1999 | 288 pages | Corwin

Research on Professional Development Schools, the seventh Teacher Education Yearbook, is concerned with the professional development of teachers at every phase of their careers. It focuses on professional development schools (PDSs) and attempts to determine whether collaborative efforts between schools and higher education are paying off in better-educated teachers.

The book is divided into four sections, each dealing with a different aspect of teacher education in a PDS: collaboration, contexts, leadership, and inquiry. Each section focuses on one of these themes and includes an introductory chapter that provides a framework and overview and a closing chapter that discusses the theme's implications.

Professional development schools historically have had four primary goals. These goals are to encourage the teacher as:

  • Researcher — to get teachers involved in action research and studies to improve school practice
  • Decision maker — to move teachers toward self-empowerment and help them assume teacher leadership roles
  • Teacher educator — to have teachers work more directly with colleges as partners in planning, teaching, and supervising student teachers
  • Political activist — to help teachers find ways to bring more equality and social justice into schools

Contributing authors use rich descriptions of their research on PDSs to help educators understand the challenges and difficulties involved, as well as ease the movement toward creation of successful PDSs that will fulfill their original teacher education goals.

The ultimate objective of the PDS is to improve education for students, beginning and practicing teachers, and university faculty. Every educator who is interested in the quality of education provided for student teachers and practicing teachers will want to read this book. The book is also for researchers who seek to understand how PDSs can change the way we view professional development for educators.


David M Byrd and D John McIntyre
Introduction
Professional Development Schools: Promise and Practice

 
 
PART ONE: COLLABORATION: BUILDING BRIDGES TO TRANSFORM INSTITUTIONAL CULTURES: OVERVIEW AND FRAMEWORK
W Robert Houston et al
Effects of Collaboration on Urban Teacher Education Programs and Professional Development Schools
Joanne M Simmons et al
Dream-Keepers, Weavers and Shape-Shifters
Emerging Roles of PDS University Coordinators in Educational Reform

 
Zhixin Su
Creating an Equal Partnership for Urban School and Teacher-Education Renewal
A California Experience

 
Linda Valli
Part One Summary
The Transformative Potential of Collaborative Partnerships: Reflections

 
 
PART TWO: CONTEXTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS: OVERVIEW AND FRAMEWORK
Mitzi Lewison and Sue Holliday
Investigating a School-University Partnership through the Lenses of Relationship, Self-Determination, Reciprocal Influence and Expanding Power
Daniel J Boudah and Stephanie L Knight
Creating Learning Communities of Research and Practice
Participatory Research and Development

 
Judith D Redemer and Barbara L Nourie
Concerns of Professionals Involved in Implementing a Professional Development School
Ann Larson and Sheryl Benson
Part Two Summary
Contexts for Professional Development Schools: Reflections

 
 
PART THREE: TAKING MEASURE OF OUR WORK: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS AND THE MATTER OF LEADERSHIP: OVERVIEW AND FRAMEWORK
Ann S Nihlen, Melissa Williams and Amy Sweet
Teachers' Stories of Professional Development School Restructuring
Decision Making

 
Judy Reinhartz and Ranae Stetson
Teachers as Leaders
A Question or an Expectation?

 
Frances K Kochan
Professional Development Schools
A Comprehensive View

 
Gerald M Mager
Part Three Summary
What Can We Learn from These Measures? Reflections

 
 
PART FOUR: INQUIRY IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL CONTEXTS: OVERVIEW AND FRAMEWORK
Judith A Ponticell
Understanding Teacher Risk-Taking in a West Texas Professional Development School
Karen M Higgins
Building the Layers of a Learning Community in a School-Based Teacher Education Program
Carol Rodgers with Peggy Tiffany
Communities of Reflection, Communities of Support
How the Windham Partnership Mentor Seminars Affected and Supported the Thinking of Mentor Teachers

 
Edward Pajak
Part Four Summary
Themes for Professional Development Schools: Reflections

 

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