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Shared meaning, one step closer to understanding educational reform : an investigation from a sense making perspective on how shared meaning among teacher team members can be established to support educational change

Herp, N.N. van (2014) Shared meaning, one step closer to understanding educational reform : an investigation from a sense making perspective on how shared meaning among teacher team members can be established to support educational change.

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Abstract:Being able to formulate a shared meaning is highly beneficial for teachers that work in teams to adapt their teaching practices to changes in policy. In this study we operationalized and measured shared meaning and investigated how factors contributed to the formation of shared meaning among team members. Working from a sense making perspective, the relations between external influences (transformational leadership), a cognitive interpretation template for subsequent action (efficacy beliefs), actions to discover inconsistent information (information providing and receiving), and shared meaning were analyzed using a multi-level structural equation model. Data was gathered from 250 teachers working within 26 teams of one VET college. Results showed that collective information providing and receiving is an important predictor of shared meaning among team members. Collective information providing and receiving on its turn is fueled by collective-efficacy and a vision shared by the transformational leader. These and other findings are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66636
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