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Beyond "Supervising" Paraeducators: A Community of Practice about Team Leadership in Special Education

Abstract This mixed methods action research study describes the benefits of a Team Leadership Community of Practice group for six early career special education teachers who supervised paraeducators. Problem-posing conversations with peers were a catalyst for professional learning and leadership transformation. The theoretical framework included Experiential Learning Theory, Transformational Leadership, and Communities of Practice—combined as a tri-theory lens. Data collection instruments included individual interviews, a focus group, content logs from audio recordings, a researcher journal, and two researcher-created instruments—the Intentional Leadership Actions and Paraeducator Outcomes Survey and the Teacher Group Reflection Survey. Findings ind... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Ledbetter, Jessanne Powell (Author) / Bertrand, Melanie (Advisor) / Foulger, Teresa (Committee member) / Hansen, Taryl (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Special education / Educational leadership / Teacher education / Experiential Learning / Mentoring new teachers / Paraprofessionals / Poetic transcription / Professional development / Transformational Leadership
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 273 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Leadership and Innovation 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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