ERIC Number: ED465586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Teacher Leadership: A Promising Paradigm for Improving Instruction in Science and Mathematics.
Pellicer, Leonard O.; Anderson, Lorin W.
Without question teacher leadership is more important today to the success of America's schools than it has ever been before. As schools and the populations they serve have grown in size and complexity, principals can no longer be expected to be the sole, or even the primary, source of instructional leadership. This realization has come about as a result of the series of reform waves that swept across the American educational landscape during the past two decades. Although teachers traditionally have had limited authority to exercise control over conditions that affect students in their classrooms, school boards and school administrators traditionally have exercised almost total control over conditions that have shaped the working lives of teaches. The results of systematically excluding teachers from meaningful participation in decision making over the years should have been all too predictable--stagnation of the teaching profession and the failure of American schools. Nowhere is teacher leadership more needed than in the highly technical and critical content areas of science and mathematics. In addition to a discussion of the conditions that have led to the realization that teacher leadership is no longer a luxury but a necessity if schools are to succeed, this chapter gives attention to the need to professionalize teaching by promoting teacher leadership. The qualities and characteristics of teacher leaders as reported in the literature are summarized and the chapter concludes with a description of the challenges that confront educators in their attempts to embrace teacher leadership. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Leadership
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Developing Teacher Leaders: Professional Development in Science and Mathematics; see ED 451 031. Update of "A Handbook for Teacher Leaders"; see ED 382 601.