Defense Date

7-7-2014

Graduation Date

2014

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

EdD

Department

Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Connie M. Moss

Committee Member

Gretchen G. Generett

Committee Member

Linda B. Hippert

Keywords

beliefs, formative assessment, principal leadership, walkthroughs

Abstract

This Call for Action investigates the complex issue of challenging current teacher beliefs through evidenced-based approaches to cultural change and does so as a matter of social justice. This call for action makes the argument that to truly improve student learning and raise student achievement, educators at all levels of practice must engage in intentional learning experiences that call their beliefs and practices into question and engages them in meaningful discourse. The argument is made that this type of professional learning happens at a belief altering level, should be pursued as a matter of social justice and is critical in the quest to create a sound learning environment for all learners.

It utilizes a critical analysis of the issue through the integrated lenses of relevant theory and research, and effective educational practice. It makes the case that the purposeful fusion of theory, research, and effective practice ensures ethical inquiry to produce sound conclusions and suggest actions that educators can pursue with integrity.

Finally, the call for action provides a clear and focused road map for the pursuit of meaningful evidence-based professional learning for educators (principals and teachers).

Format

PDF

Language

English

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