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ERIC Number: EJ969531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Learning to Lead: A Social Justice Perspective on Understanding Elementary Teacher Leadership in Papua New Guinea
Brownlee, Joanne; Scholes, Laura; Farrell, Ann; Davis, Julie; Cook, Donna
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v37 n4 p18-35 Apr 2012
Leadership in elementary education is currently recognized as a political imperative in Papua New Guinea (PNG), as the nation develops strategies towards equitable access to schooling. One recent initiative aimed at building educational leadership was an intensive Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) program funded by AusAID, involving a group of 10 teacher trainers from PNG. As part their involvement participants completed self-authored journal entries at the beginning and end of the leadership program. Participants were also involved in focus groups after completion of the initiative. Referring to the experiences of these teacher trainers, this paper draws on Nancy Fraser's (2005, 2008) social justice framework to examine participants' views of what constituted effective leadership in elementary education in PNG and how these views may have changed throughout the ALAF program. Key findings of this study included participants' emphasis on relationships and valuing people in elementary education leadership contexts, participants' concern about economic/financial barriers to effective leadership in the PNG context and participants' perception of research as a way to support leadership roles. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea