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Carroll, Kathryn Eileen (2007) CONVERSATIONS WITH COACHES: THEIR ROLES IN PENNSYLVANIA READING FIRST SCHOOLS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Reading First coaches in Pennsylvania were interviewed in order to gain a better understanding of the problems and possibilities of coaching. Thirty coaches volunteered to be part of the study. The coaches represented twelve districts across the state of Pennsylvania.Data collection consisted of an interview created by the researcher. The interview instrument asked questions in the following areas: background and preparedness, time spent on "explicit coaching" activities, such as modeling and demonstrating, factors within the organization that helped or hindered the work of the coach, what coaches perceived their responsibilities to be, and what problems and possibilities there were with the jobs they performed.Analysis of the interview data revealed that over half of the coaches did not feel prepared for the role when they first began coaching. An overemphasis on content knowledge in the professional development coaches received prior to coaching and the lack of consistency in schools of the expectations of coaches may have led to these feelings of unpreparedness. Coaches complete a myriad of tasks during a typical week. The work is seen as necessary and as requiring a long-term commitment on the part of the coach to build relationships with all staff members. Over time, the coach became an accepted part of the school culture. The way the principal embraced or did not embrace the role was instrumental in how quickly the coach was seen as valuable within the school. Experiences, both positive and negative, have been good teachers for each coach. Although coaching is a challenging position, it is one that has many rewards.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Carroll, Kathryn
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBean, Rita Mritabean@pitt.eduRITABEAN
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberMorris, Gregory Atrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberBeck, Isabelibeck@pitt.eduIBECK
Committee MemberZigmond, Naomi Pnaomi@pitt.eduNAOMI
Date: 27 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 March 2007
Approval Date: 27 June 2007
Submission Date: 16 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literacy Coaches; Literacy Coaching; Reading First
Other ID:, etd-04162007-200053
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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