ERIC Number: ED349267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Leadership: Preliminary Development of a Questionnaire.
Lynch, Mervin; Strodl, Peter
Recent movements to empower teachers often assume that in order for teachers to assume leadership roles in schools, the teachers must leave the classroom to become school committee members or to work in adjacent classrooms with new teachers. However, teaching inherently involves leading, and leadership can be validated in terms of the teacher's role. Preparing teachers to be leaders involves translating leadership skills into pedagogical applications. A conceptual schema for leadership skills, containing eight items in each of nine categories, was developed for a questionnaire designed to identify teacher leadership competencies. The schema of categories included consideration, decision making, group process, structure, problem solving, emergent leadership, conflict resolution, and communications. A group (N=56) of professional educators (graduate students in teacher education courses, students in educational administration courses, and professors of education) participated in a Q-sort of the items identified. These data were analyzed in terms of factor structure, reliability of items, and differences among participating groups. The findings revealed six factors associated with teacher roles that reflect leadership skills: emergent leadership, teacher authority, empowerment of others, student relationships, task participation, and instructional openness. These factors indicate those items with good potential for formation into a questionnaire. (IAH)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Factor Analysis, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Preservice Teacher Education, Q Methodology, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Test Construction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 15, 1991).