The initiation of professional collaboration in an independent school Katharin Kiefer

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The initiation of professional collaboration in an independent school  by  Katharin Kiefer

The initiation of professional collaboration in an independent school by Katharin Kiefer
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Current research supports the premise that regular collaboration among teachers leads to enhanced learning on the part of students and teachers, an increase in student achievement, and a high level of job satisfaction for educational professionals.MoreCurrent research supports the premise that regular collaboration among teachers leads to enhanced learning on the part of students and teachers, an increase in student achievement, and a high level of job satisfaction for educational professionals.

This study examines the events that occurred in an unsuccessful initiative to embed collaborative, professional learning into the routine lives of ninth and tenth grade teachers through grade-level meetings. Its purpose was to address two questions: What effect do the traditional structure and culture of the school have on an initiative to develop productive collaboration among ninth and tenth grade teachers? How do teachers and administrators involved in this initiative perceive the role of collaboration and professional learning in the life of the school?-In this study I used my role as Director of Ninth and Tenth Grade Programs to facilitate the development of grade-level collaboration among teachers in the form of regularly scheduled meetings to discuss student progress.

Feedback from these meetings was used to determine the participants reactions to the initiative. Interviews were conducted to investigate how the teachers and administrators involved with ninth and tenth grade programs perceived the roles of collaboration and professional learning in the life of the school. A school culture survey provided quantitative insight into perceptions about collaboration, collegiality and efficacy in the professional community.-What emerged was a picture of a school steeped in a culture of individualism. The structural obstacles that impeded the development of collective inquiry among ninth and tenth grade teachers were an artifact of a deeply held assumption that professional collaboration is not a priority for student achievement.

The specific challenges defined by this study are being used to inform current initiatives to guide the community toward a more collaborative culture.



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