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Change in teaching practice is a popular theme in literacy education. A case study examined the nature of the change process in a teacher in a large Caribbean island school district who made a personal decision to change instructional practices from skills-based methods to whole language methods. Through data collection and analysis, a metaphor, "roller coaster," emerged to describe the teacher's change process. One major theme, "personal ambition," materialized through analysis, and subthemes that supported personal ambition clustered into a three-stage model. First, "dissatisfaction" and "opportunity" were intertwined to form the decision-making stage of the change process. Then, subthemes of "challenge,""risk-taking," and "growth and learning" formed the beginning stage of the change process. Finally, the subtheme "motivation," supported by student achievement and a personal support system, formed the continuation stage of the change process. In teacher education programs, teachers can be introduced to the change process to learn to use this knowledge and become more comfortable with change. Teachers can use knowledge about the change process to continue to learn and grow throughout their teaching career. (Contains 14 references and a figure illustrating the model of the change process.) (RS)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Elementary Education, Literacy, Models, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Whole Language Approach

Author: Mahurt, Sarah Fleming

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7212&id=ED379651

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