Harvard Educational Review
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    The Development of Professional Developers

    Learning to Assist Teachers in New Settings in New Ways

    Mary Kay Stein, Margaret Schwan Smith, Edward A. Silver
    In this article, Mary Kay Stein, Margaret Schwan Smith, and Edward A. Silver identify and describe the challenges that practicing teacher educators and professional developers are likely to encounter as they design and implement new programs to help teachers learn new paradigms of teaching and learning amidst current educational reforms. The authors call attention to the fact that, just as teachers will need to relearn their teaching practice, so will experienced professional developers need to relearn their craft, which traditionally has been defined as providing courses, workshops, and seminars. This article focuses on two professional developers who engaged in long-term efforts to work with teachers in new ways, identifying the tensions that each actually faced. The cases illustrate the challenges that professional developers may encounter in supporting the transformation of teachers, including learning how to work with groups of teachers in school settings, expanding their repertoires beyond workshops and courses, and balancing interpersonal sensitivity with the need to challenge prevailing practices and beliefs. The final section of the article looks across the two cases and begins to map out common features of the terrain through which practicing professional developers can expect to travel.

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    Fall 1999 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Development of Professional Developers
    Learning to Assist Teachers in New Settings in New Ways
    Mary Kay Stein, Margaret Schwan Smith, Edward A. Silver
    Streets and Schools
    How Educators Can Help Chicano Marginalized Gang Youth
    James Diego Vigil
    The Mind Is Its Own Place
    The Influence of Sustained Interactivity with Practitioners on Educational Researchers
    Michael Huberman

    Book Notes

    Teacher with a Heart
    By Vito Perrone

    Political Correctness
    By Stanley Fish

    School Leadership
    By Kathleen Sernak

    The Students Are Watching
    By Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer

    Black Power/White Power in Public Education
    By Ralph Edwards and Charles V. Willie

    Learning in the Field
    By Gretchen B. Rossman and Sharon F. Rallis

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