ERIC Number: EJ821822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Contesting the Orthodoxy of Teacher Leadership
Fitzgerald, Tanya; Gunter, Helen M.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v11 n4 p331-340 Oct 2008
Terms such as "leader", "manager", "teacher" and "student" prevail in most schools and, accordingly, school hierarchies are viewed as rational ways of organizing teachers and their work that institutionalize authority. We are deeply concerned that the term "teacher leadership" has crept into educational vocabulary and there has not been sustained and robust debate either about the term or its use and misuse in schools. Although one of the positive aspects that this term signals is the possibility of more participation in schools, the enduring contradiction is that leadership remains hierarchical and connected with organizational purpose. More specifically, teacher leadership is a seductively functionalist way in which teacher commitment to neo-liberal reform has been secured.
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Role, Foreign Countries, Power Structure, Organizational Climate
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom (England)