ERIC Number: ED413313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Perceptions of the Leadership/Followership Dialectic.
Mertler, Craig A.; Steyer, Sheri; Petersen, George J.
An essential component of effective leadership is the cultivation of followers. This study examined whether 67 California and Ohio elementary and secondary school teachers understood the role and importance of followership in influencing school leadership. Teachers provided demographic data and completed the Teacher Sentiment Inventory, which assessed the extent to which their specific actions and characteristics reflected their understanding of followership. They ranked statements associated with particular actions or beliefs concerning the relationship between the teacher and the principal. Results indicated that teachers fell into one of three styles of followership: exemplary followers (with high levels of active engagement and independent thinking), pragmatist followers (who perform required tasks well but seldom venture beyond them), or conformist followers (with high active engagement but low independent thinking). None of the teachers were classified as alienated (independent thinking only) or passive (neither independent thinking nor actively engaged) followers. Both men and women scored high on independent thinking in their work. Female teachers reported higher levels of active engagement in the role of follower than did male teachers. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Collegiality, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Principals, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California; Ohio