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Innovative Approaches to Educational Leadership

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Edited By Carrie Rogers, Kofi Lomotey and Adriel Hilton

Of late, leadership has come to include individuals in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions who do not necessarily carry leadership titles.  Faculty in preK-16 institutions, along with other staff and community people, have increasingly begun to take on leadership responsibilities as shared leadership is articulated and practiced more and more in education.  This volume focuses on educational leadership--broadly defined.  More specifically, following several research-based thought pieces in which the authors define and discuss this new conception of leadership, contributors offer preK-16 case study illustrations of this recent conception of educational leadership.  Readers will use this casebook as a foundational text for courses in teacher education, educational leadership, business and higher education. It includes detailed chapters focused on teacher leadership, principal leadership and higher educational leadership.
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Chapter Thirteen: Exploring Preservice Teachers’, Novice Teachers’, and Teacher Education Faculty Perceptions of Teacher Leadership (Carrie Rogers / Roya Q. Scales)

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Exploring Preservice Teachers’, Novice Teachers’, AND Teacher Education Faculty Perceptions OF Teacher Leadership

CARRIE ROGERS AND ROYA Q. SCALES



Teacher leadership, the concept and the multiple formal and informal roles that illustrate the concept within schools, is not new but as Lieberman (2013) writes, “Its purposes and definitions have changed continually revealing its complexities and conundrums” (p. 169). Teacher involvement in school reform and the improvement of teaching and learning in schools is often referred to as teacher leadership. The opportunities for teachers to become leaders varies greatly within contexts and norms of schools and districts, yet it is an expectation of most state and national organizations that teachers demonstrate leadership. In the state of North Carolina there are six standards for teachers, and standard one is “Teachers Demonstrate Leadership” (North Carolina State Board of Education, 2013). Now, not only are in-service teachers evaluated on leadership but preservice teachers, in North Carolina at least, are required to document and reflect on their leadership activities within student teaching as a part of their licensure requirements.

In a previous study (Rogers & Scales, 2013) we analyzed this licensure component and findings indicated that the preservice teachers expressed a wide variety of definitions of teacher leadership. Next, program graduates were followed to investigate their leadership activities and perceptions of themselves as teacher leaders while in their first year of teaching (Scales & Rogers, 2017). Those combined ← 197 | 198...

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