ERIC Number: ED350283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Meeting Cultural Diversity with Personal Conviction: The Teacher as Change Agent and Transformational Leader.
Bosler, Rosemarie; Bauman, Donna J.
In attempting to understand the complexities involved in becoming a true leader and change agent, this paper differentiates between teachers inspiring action and teachers fostering passivity in a world moving toward a value system which upholds the ideals of a global consciousness. A major framework emerging in the 1990s is that of transformational leadership. This form of leadership, an interactive process, raises both the leader (teacher) and subordinates (students) to a higher level of aspiration and commitment to change. Transformational leadership is characterized by three major components: clarity of vision, empowerment of subordinates, and emphasis on change. The process by which interaction creates change momentum in classrooms includes: (1) modeling, the most effective behavior in conveying orientations, values, and attitudes; (2) positive self-perceptions resulting from life-long learning, time alone for self-reflection, positive attitudes toward transitions, and ongoing assessment of skills and limitations; (3) collective leadership, affirming the concept of empowerment, requiring the ability to listen, support, and challenge; and (4) providing vision, structure, and balance during transitional stages. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Forum of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges (5th, Louisville, KY, June 5-7, 1992).