This qualitative study examines the history of teacher unionism including historic milestones for the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a history of collective bargaining, a discussion of professional unionism, the generations' theory of unionism, and notable accomplishments of the Teacher's Union Reform Network (TURN). Interviews of seven union and administrative practitioners, and a focus group of union reformers were analyzed to determine common themes around the role of unions in school reform. Four themes emerged: (1) Professionalism is the binding force; (2) Collectivity results in shared power; (3) Envisioning change together; and (4) Leadership is essential for success. Recommendations for action are made for school boards, administrators, and teachers' unions. Teacher peer review is discussed as a promising practice for the future of union involvement in school reform.
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/10, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||School administration, Education history, Labor relations|
|Keywords:||Future, History, Professionalism, Qualitative, Reform, Teacher, Teacher unionism, Unionism|
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