Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

First year teacher perceptions of instructional coaching as a professional development model
by Ritchlin, June C., Ed.D., Dallas Baptist University, 2016, 201; 10256973
Abstract (Summary)

Job-embedded professional development is fairly new to education. Various forms of job-embedded professional development have become popular in the last ten years. One form of job-embedded professional development is instructional coaching. Instructional coaching is rather new to education, but has become a popular form of professional development in school districts. The current study reviewed various forms of job-embedded professional development, defined job-embedded professional development and instructional coaching, and then concentrated on teacher perspectives of instructional coaching as a form of professional development, the impact of instructional coaching on classroom instruction, and the impact of instructional coaching on implementing district initiatives. In this qualitative study, 12 teachers in their first year of teaching, who completed a yearlong partnership with an instructional coach, were interviewed. The data from the interviews was collected and then analyzed to identify themes and patterns using NVivo 11 Pro, a software program for analyzing qualitative data. The researcher analyzed and coded the data as trends and patterns were revealed in the teachers’ perspectives on instructional coaching as a form of professional development, on the impact of instructional coaching on their instructional practices, and on the impact of instructional coaching on their implementation of district expectations. The data indicated that the participants considered instructional coaching to be personalized professional development that supported the ability to implement instructional practices in the classroom as well as implement district expectations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lebsack, Joel
Commitee: Dugger, Neil, Lee, Sharon, Montgomery, Polly
School: Dallas Baptist University
Department: Educational Leadership K-12
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Teacher education
Keywords: First year teachers, Instructional coaching, Job-embedded, Perceptions, Professional development, Relationships
Publication Number: 10256973
ISBN: 978-1-369-57691-7
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