Much ado about leadership: teachers as leaders

Ehrich, Lisa C. (2008) Much ado about leadership: teachers as leaders. In Millwater, Jan & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Transitioning to the real world of education. Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., pp. 120-136.

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Over the last century, the literature on leadership has exploded. Much has been written about leadership yet it defies simple definition. Katz and Kahn (1966) refer to it as a "slippery concept" (p. 301) and one reason for its difficulty in definition is that there are literally hundreds of different perspectives about what constitutes it, different ideas about who does it, and where it can be found in practice. Yet leadership is often touted by politicians and practitioners alike as a way forward to improve practice in a variety of contexts. The aim of this chapter is to provide a review of some of the salient leadership theories that have emerged over the last century, pointing to their relevance for early career teachers. It is beyond the scope of this chapter to review effectively this vast and comprehensive literature and, for this reason, only a selection of those theories that have particular relevance for early career teachers is discussed. Some historical and contemporary theories are considered. In particular, two contemporary leadership theories: distributed leadership and what has been coined as "teacher leadership" are underscored here since they have particular implications for early career teachers and provide some important messages for them as they make the transition from pre-service teacher to professional. Throughout the chapter, attention is given to the implications of the theories for the professional practice of early career teachers.

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ID Code: 17395
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Early Career Teachers, Instructional Leaders, Leadership Theories, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership
ISBN: 9781442510234
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Pearson Education Australia
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2009 21:26
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 03:02

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