Re-imaging teacher leaders leading school improvement: the untapped potential

Petersen, Shauna (2015) Re-imaging teacher leaders leading school improvement: the untapped potential. Leading and Managing, 21 (2). pp. 1-28. ISSN 1329-4539


Some 20 years ago, teacher leadership was on the verge of an exciting future when this ‘sleeping giant’ (Katzenmeyer & Moller, 2001, 2009) was awakened. While still central to the school improvement agenda, the visibility of teacher leadership as an organisational resource is not overtly apparent. There are significant numbers of schools in Australia that have engaged in reform efforts, and teacher leaders have led the process. What happened to these teacher leaders and what are they doing now? Has their teacher leader potential been realised?

This article presents the findings of a study that explored the lived experiences of teacher leaders who have emerged from a school improvement process. Vignettes of five categories of teacher leaders highlight initially, their diverse experiences and significantly, that there is a bank
of untapped teacher leader potential lying dormant within Australian education systems. Untapping this potential requires a change in mindset by principals and systems to build organisation-wide teacher leadership capacity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 04:42
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 01:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher leadership; school improvement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: 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
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions

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