The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover perceptions of teachers and principals regarding teacher leadership. The researchers investigated how selected Oregon teachers and administrators defined teacher leadership, as well as how they perceived roles, characteristics, and qualities of teacher leaders. Four themes emerged from the results: collaboration, interpersonal relationships, managing the work, and teaching and learning. Results showed that teacher leaders often acted in a collaborative environment and expected colleagues and administrators to be collaborative. Developing and maintaining positive relational skills were of importance, particularly related to caring and serving, as well as the dispositions of honesty, empathy, trustworthiness, and being a good listener. Managing work-related tasks was mentioned frequently: focusing on the vision for the school, enhancing the mission, chairing a committee, developing plans, and initiating tasks. Activities related to teaching and learning were of importance: planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional practices and student outcomes.
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Harrison, Suzanne and Birky, Ginny
"Revisiting Teacher Leadership: Perceptions of Teachers and Principals,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 9
, Article 3.