Teacher leadership as intellectual leadership: creating spaces for alternative voices in the English school system

Stevenson, Howard (2012) Teacher leadership as intellectual leadership: creating spaces for alternative voices in the English school system. Professional Development in Education, 38 (2). pp. 345-360. ISSN 1941-5257

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2012.657880

Abstract

Teacher leadership has become an area of significant interest in research and policy terms in recent years. However, as a form of leadership it remains orthodox and conservative, rooted in largely traditional managerialist hierarchies, and disconnected from a critique of the wider policy imperatives that shape the contexts in which leadership is constructed. This article reports on an evaluation study of the work of Union Learning Representatives in a major teaching union in England and suggests that their role offers a new and more fruitful way of considering teacher leadership. Such leadership needs to be genuinely democratic and focused on cohering a professional voice amongst teachers. It is not a leadership concerned with providing ‘vision’, but one rooted in a dialogic and critical process, from which genuinely transformatory possibilities emerge.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:teacher unions
Subjects:X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:5493
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Deposited On:09 May 2012 13:25
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