Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


Because teachers work in classrooms behind closed doors and segregated from their colleagues, teaching can be a lonely profession. Except for team-teaching arrangements, teaching assignments generally hinder teachers from observing and learning from one another (Shulman, 1988). Teachers suffer from isolation and lack of opportunities to learn from their colleagues (Bowers and Eberhart, 1989). In addition to the segregated nature of their work, new teachers can especially feel isolated since they are also dealing with unfamiliar school routines, curriculum, lesson planning methods, and discipline practices. New teachers, however bright, capable, well-trained, and enthusiastic, lack the knowledge in teaching that is attained through years of experience.


A Field Project Presented to the Department of Educational Administration and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Specialist in Education Degree. Copyright Kathleen Jiede April, 1992