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ERIC Number: EJ1135754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Using a Case Study to Develop the Transformational Teaching Theory
Boyd, Barry L.
Journal of Leadership Education, v7 n3 p50-59 Win 2009
Leadership educators teach Transformational Leadership Theory in their classrooms, but could transformational theory be used as a pedagogical model to deepen students' understanding of leadership? This article presents Erin Gruwell, a first-year teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach and subject of the 2006 movie "The Freedom Writers," as a case study where an educator practiced the components of transformational leadership in the classroom to transform students' lives. Gruwell used idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individual consideration to transform a classroom of gang members into a community of scholars and authors. Following the case examples, leadership educators are provided examples of how to incorporate the four components of transformational leadership in their instructional methods. The purpose is to not only demonstrate the theory in action, but to deepen students' learning of leadership theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Long Beach)
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