ERIC Number: ED447078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-27
Describing Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of the Role of Teacher Leader.
Suranna, Keith J.; Moss, David M.
The purpose of this qualitative study was to uncover and describe: preservice teachers' conceptions of the role of teacher leader; their understandings of the differences between the roles of teacher leaders and principals; and their projections of themselves as teacher leaders during their first year of teaching. During one-on-one semi-structured interviews, the majority of the 15 preservice teachers in this study described teacher leaders as being both advocates for students and agents for positive change. Approximately half of the participants shared traditional views of the role of principal (i.e., hierarchical rule-maker and enforcer). The other half believed that it was important for the principal and the teacher to share leadership responsibilities. Although the participants articulated the difficulty in fulfilling the role of teacher leader early in their careers, they believed they would eventually serve as change agents for school reform. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (30th, Ellenville, NY, October 27, 1999).