ERIC Number: EJ1089605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Teacher Leadership Process: Attempting Change within Embedded Systems
Cooper, Kristy S.; Stanulis, Randi N.; Brondyk, Susan K.; Hamilton, Erica R.; Macaluso, Michael; Meier, Jessica A.
Journal of Educational Change, v17 n1 p85-113 Feb 2016
This embedded case study examines the leadership practices of eleven teacher leaders in three urban schools to identify how these teacher leaders attempt to change the teaching practice of their colleagues while working as professional learning community leaders and as mentors for new teachers. Using a theoretical framework integrating complex systems theory with Kotter's ("Leading change." Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1996) eight steps for leading organizational change, we analyze the work and perspectives of individual teacher leaders, and we examine how teams of teacher leaders and principals function collectively in their efforts to lead instructional change. Our findings have implications for schools seeking to utilize teacher leadership as a reform strategy for authentic instructional improvement.
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Urban Schools, Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice, Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, Principals, Educational Change, Case Studies
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