Becoming a teacher leader: teachers re-thinking their role

Dawson, Mark (2011) Becoming a teacher leader: teachers re-thinking their role. Leading and Managing, 17 (1). pp. 16-27. ISSN 1329-4539


Much has been written about the need for, characteristics of and the work of teacher leaders, however, there is little about the experience of becoming a teacher leader. This article reports on this experience from the perspective of those who have become teacher leaders. The article elaborates on the experiences of teachers who initially had little understanding of teacher
leadership, and were confused about the manner in which leadership related to their role as teachers. The schools in which this study was undertaken were in the process of change and were using the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools (IDEAS) Program (Crowther,
Andrews et al., 2001) as a mechanism for improvement. The findings reported in this article revealed that when experienced teachers, in this case those with 8-35years in the profession, were provided with leadership opportunities and with an explicit teacher leadership framework (Crowther, Hann & McMaster, 2001) they were able to learn, adapt and begin to incorporate leadership roles into their perceptions of their work as teachers. Furthermore when the principal legitimated the teacher leadership framework throughout the school, the enhanced clarity around the role of teacher leaders proved beneficial to the acceptance of emerging teacher leaders and their work. The implications of this role reconceptualisation in terms of adaptive learning and career development are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 05 May 2012 06:32
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher leadership; role reconceptualisation; IDEAS Project
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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