What Is Teacher Change

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1.1) Introduction:
According to Fullan (2003) everyone who works in education is familiar with the expression that teachers are key agents of change. It is universally accepted truth that teachers are mediators between learners and experience. However there is only some evidence to show that the implementation process in their practice is based on this truth. The current professional development place teachers at the receiving end of policy changes generated at national level. Teachers are treated as means to implement the education agenda set at national level, in the classrooms. They are rarely involved in the process of bringing an educational reform. Educational change can happen through teachers and school management and their interactions
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Sensitivity to the essential connection between the personal and professional factors in the lives of teachers is a key to the success of initiatives in the area of educational change (Surge, 2004). All significant change begins with self change. Leaders of educational change sometimes tend to focus too much on the change itself, which is external to the individual. Realising lasting changes in teaching and learning involve changing deeply held beliefs about life and world and long established dispositions in relation to particular aspects of learning, education and society. In this sense, accomplishing significant change is not just a professional matter. Riley (2000) state that the decisions to join the teaching profession are very often based in the most noble intentions such as to contribute to the lives of children and young people and make a difference through the transformative power of education. This may be the driving factor of the profession but it is intensely…show more content…
Moon (2005) defines reflection as a form of mental processing that a person use to fulfil a purpose or to achieve some anticipated outcome. It is applied to gain a better understanding of relatively complicated or unstructured ideas and is largely based on the reprocessing of knowledge, understanding and the emotions that a person already posses.
Dewey`s ideas provided a basis for the concept of reflective practice which gained influence with the arrival of Schon`s book “The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action” (Schon, 1983). In this seminal work, Schon identified ways in which professionals could become aware of their implicit knowledge and learn from their experience. His main concern was to facilitate the development of reflective practitioners. He identified two types of reflection: reflection on action and reflection in

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