Paving the way for sustainable educational change: Reconceptualizing what it means to make educational changes that last

Mireille D. Hubers*

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Abstract

This position paper provides an alternative theoretical framework of sustainable second-order educational change. Here, sustainability refers to: 1) substantial changes made that affect the core of educators’ everyday practice; 2) a longitudinal process that begins when educators contemplate making changes and ends when satisfactory achievement on the other characteristics is reached and overt learning efforts are stopped; 3) a process of individual and organizational learning as well as changes in behaviors; resulting in 4) significant positive effects on student outcomes. Thus, this definition focuses on educators and their schools, not on professional development programs. Methodological considerations are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103083
JournalTeaching and teacher education
Volume93
Early online date23 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Educational change
  • Individual learning
  • Organizational learning
  • Organizational routines
  • Professional development
  • School improvement
  • Second-order change
  • Sustainability

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