Effective Staff Development For School Change

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Any conception of staff development emerges from an understanding of teaching, schooling, and education. The way people define and think about staff development will be influenced inevitably by their philosophy of education: their values, beliefs, and their taken-forgranted assumptions about what is and what ought to be. Clearly, education theories, interpretations of research, and experiential considerations impinge on educators' ideas and actions. Thus, these three broad frameworks must be illuminated in order ...

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Overview

Any conception of staff development emerges from an understanding of teaching, schooling, and education. The way people define and think about staff development will be influenced inevitably by their philosophy of education: their values, beliefs, and their taken-forgranted assumptions about what is and what ought to be. Clearly, education theories, interpretations of research, and experiential considerations impinge on educators' ideas and actions. Thus, these three broad frameworks must be illuminated in order to examine staff development. This work explores these three major sources of conceptions of staff development: theory, research, and analytical reflection of educators' experiences. It offers fresh insights into teaching and schools as well as a broader and more powerful conception of staff development.

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Ten case studies expand upon current conceptions of what staff development is or can be. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Sect. I Toward a Theory of Staff Development 1
Ch. 1 Thinking About Effective Staff Development 3
Sect. II Case Studies of Staff Development 31
Ch. 2 A School-Within-a-School for At-Risk Youth: Staff Development and Program Success 33
Ch. 3 Deliberations About Grouping in Crete-Monee 63
Ch. 4 Curriculum Work as Staff Development 93
Ch. 5 Interdisciplinary Teaming as Staff Development: Initiating Change in a Middle School 109
Ch. 6 Cultural Conflicts in Staff Development on the Teaching of Writing 137
Ch. 7 Reconsidering Effective Staff Development: Reflective Practice and Elaborated Cultural as Desirable Outcomes 151
Ch. 8 Developing a Willingness to Change 169
Ch. 9 Fostering Inner-City Children's Thinking: A Team Effort 189
Ch. 10 Improving Mathematics Instruction: An Urban Experience 207
Ch. 11 Shared Leadership in Staff Development: A Model That Works 237
Sect. III Integrating Theory, Research, and Practitioner Reflection 257
Ch. 12 DoIng Effective Staff Development 259
Notes on Contributors 293
Author Index 299
Subject Index 303
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