ERIC Number: ED394912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-24
Reference Count: N/A
Reconceptualizing the Role of Teacher Leaders: Collaboration among All Staff Members.
Since it is an acknowledged fact that school restructuring will not occur without the support and commitment of teachers, this study attempted to explore teachers' expressions of visionary leadership characteristics. Participants were selected from among teachers who participated in a four-day workshop on school restructuring. The sample consisted of 2 male teachers and 10 female teachers with 2 to 28 years of teaching experience among them; the study instrument was a long interview guide using an open-ended question format. The data were analyzed to categorize the teachers on a visionary scale that included the Stabilizer or Traditionalist, the Catalyst, the Troubleshooter or Diplomat, and the Visionary Leader. Comparing themes showed that categorizing teachers on a continuum from non-visionary to visionary was impossible, and that the classifications of "visionary" and "non-visionary" were troublesome as the first depicted all strengths and the second failed to reveal strengths that were actually present. The analysis also found that visionaries and catalysts were the most individualistic, that stabilizers were the conservative teachers, and that the troubleshooters and stabilizers were both present-oriented (except that stabilizers were future-oriented with students). An overall finding was that each teacher had something to contribute and that any team must have all these types to accomplish major change throughout an organization. (Contains 132 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Personality Types
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).