ERIC Number: EJ916094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Allocating More Experienced Teachers to Leadership Positions in Schools: A Double-Edged Sword?
Camburn, Eric M.
Journal of School Leadership, v19 n6 p680-696 Nov 2009
This article presents a critical discussion of the implications of allocating the most experienced and skilled teachers in schools to teacher leadership positions. Placing such teachers in leadership positions supports school improvement initiatives, but it can also pull valuable teaching resources from the classroom. The article examines this issue by investigating how expertise is distributed between teacher leaders and regular classroom teachers in urban schools implementing comprehensive school reform programs. Results indicate that teacher leaders have substantially more postsecondary training and teaching experience than do nonleaders. The implications of these results are discussed. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Teaching Experience, Teacher Leadership, Leadership, Experienced Teachers, Participative Decision Making, Questionnaires, Effective Schools Research, Barriers, Performance Factors, Resource Allocation, Urban Schools, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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