ERIC Number: ED482549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Nov-6
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Defining and Applying Leadership: Perceptions of Teacher Leader Candidates.
Whitsett, Glee; Riley, Jack
This study examined shifts in perceptions of the meaning of leadership and necessary leadership skills held by 18 teachers in a graduate program on teacher leadership. Participants were queried twice regarding their definitions of leadership; once at the outset of their degree program and again 1 year later. In between, they took classes in leadership and mentor training, professional standards, school climate, legal and fiscal management, public relations and community resources, and parent and family involvement. Two Likert-scale surveys examined their perceptions of the importance of 11 leadership skills and of the extent to which they attained growth in each skills. Results found little variation in the relative importance participants assigned to the skills. Confidence emerged as the most important skill, followed by two skills that involved the participation of others in tasks undertaken by the teacher leader. Participants varied more widely in their assessment of personal growth in leadership skills. They perceived the greatest growth in knowledge of educational issues and understanding leadership styles. Initially, most participants defined leadership under the figurehead category. Midway through the program, half of them changed to define leadership in terms of the cheerleader/team player category. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MI, November 5-7, 2003).