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ERIC Number: EJ923544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Finding Common Ground: Teacher Leaders and Principals Speak out about Teacher Leadership
Weiner, Jennie Miles
Journal of School Leadership, v21 n1 p7-41 Jan 2011
This study investigates how a small group of teacher leaders and their principals, participating in a teacher leadership program called the teacher connector (TC), understand teacher leadership and its impact on their practice. TCs' responsibilities were typical of teacher leaders; thus, their experiences can provide insights into teacher leaders' experiences more generally. results indicate that the norms of egalitarianism, seniority, and autonomy influenced TCs' descriptions of their positions and often lead to behaviors that undermined their authority. Principals downplayed these norms' impact and often exacerbated teacher resistance. Alternatively, when principals and teacher leaders had clear converging views about the TCs' goals and their connection to the school vision, teacher resistance decreased and TCs felt more efficacious. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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