ERIC Number: ED420115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Developing Leadership for the 21st Century: A Study of a Professional Development Center and Its Partnership with One School District.
Czaja, Marion; Prouty, Joan
Teachers who are mentors often serve in a leadership capacity. In such a role, they demonstrate leadership skills as they influence the learning community. For this study, 116 elementary school teachers who had mentored preservice teachers completed a leadership school survey to determine if any significant difference could be seen among the means on the seven dimensions necessary to support teacher leadership: developmental focus, recognition, collegiality, autonomy, participation, open communication, and positive environment. Results of the analysis indicated no significant differences. The findings indicate that of the 6 factors with a possible total score of 35, teacher mentors ranked recognition the highest teacher-leadership factor and autonomy the lowest. Teachers in each of the seven varying mentoring experiences showed a range in scores that was more than half of the total score possible. The views of teacher-leadership factors varied enough to indicate that barriers to teacher leadership need to be identified and removed if mentoring is to serve as an effective strategy in developing and improving teacher leadership. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual National Conference on Creating the Quality School (7th, Arlington, VA, March 26-28, 1998).