ERIC Number: ED256759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Roles in Transition: Emerging Professional Responsibilities for Teacher Leaders.
Busching, Beverly A.; Rowls, Michael D.
The key to educational excellence is rethinking a new role for excellent teachers that embraces the classroom and extends beyond it into leadership activities. Among current policy initiatives are attempts to integrate stronger teacher roles into guidelines for incentive plans and to use teachers' strengths in the decision making process at local and district levels. With the increasing complexity of instructional tasks, teachers are demonstrating their potential as collaborative researchers. There are forces converging to support emerging teachers' roles as leaders. Rising teacher militancy, in the face of job dissatisfaction and the loss of teacher leaders to other professions, has increased public support of the expansion of teacher activities in leadership positions for public education. One of the more important leadership roles for experienced teachers lies in the area of inducting new teachers into the profession, and supporting beginning teachers and transfer teachers in their orientation. Providing for continuing education of peer teachers and planning and conducting continuing education are leadership roles in which excellent teachers can be of vital importance. Experienced teachers can also play an important role in research and program development. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Denver, CO, February 27-March 2, 1985).