ERIC Number: ED337420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Shared Leadership in a Professional Development Center.
Romerdahl, Nancy Sue
The Puget Sound Professional Development Center (PSPDC) was established in 1989 as a partnership between the University of Washington and four middle schools. PSPDC has created collaborative and substantial teacher leadership roles. In performing the role of teacher leader coordinator (TLC), teachers: (1) were fully participating members of the PSPDC planning and policy making committee; (2) worked to connect the PSPDC mission to their schools and to bring the school's point of view to bear on that mission; and (3) collaborated with peers to promote further teacher leadership and to implement the PSPDC vision. Four TLCs participated in this study to determine how teachers share leadership in a collaborative professional development school. Interviews, observations, and artifact analyses yielded six tentative hypotheses: (1) TLCs influence the direction of PSPDC by being the rudder or at times the brakes; (2) TLCs rely on the bureaucratic legitimacy of the PSPDC or the school to gain compliance; (3) TLCs initially lead their peers by following the path of least resistance; (4) TLCs lead their peers by using persuasive techniques; (5) in the leadership role, the TLCs attend to the feelings of all involved; and (6) with time, TLCs established their own aura of leadership, and thereby began to legitimize their position with their peers. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).