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Collegial Coaching: Teacher Acceptance of a Model

Chapman, Karen Lee (2008) Collegial Coaching: Teacher Acceptance of a Model. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Educational institutions involved in a school reform effort have been required by NCLB to incorporate certain programs into their structure to transform a stagnant culture to one of collaboration and academic achievement. One of the many areas of importance in this process is an increased emphasis on continuing professional development for staff. The purpose of this study was to examine teacher acceptance of a collegial coaching model as a means to influence an educator's instructional practices and impact student achievement at a middle school. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected through mixed methodology encompassing personal interviews and survey completion. Study design uncovered similarities and differences in perspectives through the responses given by teacher and administrator participants. The goal of the researcher was to compile data to formulate an answer to the major research question: How has professional development delivered by colleagues provided a basis for change and influenced teaching practices of staff members at Steel Town Middle School. Three subsequent questions related to the major research question: 1) What role does professional development play in relation to accountability and school improvement? 2) How has collegial coaching enhanced teaching practices and instructional delivery? 3) How has collegial coaching influenced a move from isolationism to collaboration and the establishment of professional learning communities? Responses speak to the vision of the school, accountability, and the influence a coaching model has had on sharing, communication, and collaboration within the building. The findings indicate that teachers believe a coaching model is a viable means to provide professional development to staff; however, certain criteria have restricted the initiative from having the influence desired for a change in teaching practices and the establishment of professional learning communities. The administrators saw the coaching model as successful, a contrast to many of the teacher responses. Disadvantages and advantages to a coaching model are noted by both groups. The results of this study revealed that instituting a coaching model in an educational setting requires some forethought and planning and it essential that key elements, and personnel, are in place for the initiative to reap the desired benefits.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chapman, Karen Leeklc37@pitt.eduKLC37
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberGorman, Charlesgorman@pitt.eduGORMAN
Committee MemberSeckinger,
Date: 27 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 25 February 2008
Approval Date: 27 June 2008
Submission Date: 22 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accountability; Collegial Coaching; Instructional Delivery; Professional Development; School Improvement
Other ID:, etd-04222008-114354
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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