Title

Perceptions of Support For Teacher Leaders In the Elementary Schools

Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

David E. Lee

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to reveal the perceptions of teachers and principals as it pertains to support of teacher leaders in the elementary schools. This study analyzed and compared the opinions of teachers and principals in relation to four pertinent aspects. These areas include (a) the development of teacher leaders, (b) using teacher leaders in shared decision-making, (c) teacher leaders and professional growth development and (d) teachers receiving guidance and preparation at the college/university level to assume teacher leadership positions. This investigation intended to reveal whether principals support teacher leaders in the elementary school level. Data was collected regarding the educator's position, teacher development, shared decision-making and professional growth. The results of this study may be beneficial to other educators across the United States and abroad. Practitioners can use this research data to help enhance the relationships between principals and teachers as it pertains to support of teacher leaders in the elementary schools. School districts, to include principals, should invest in the cultivation, motivation and mentoring of teachers. Proper training and mentoring of teachers should be a priority when school improvement, student test scores and school/community relations are at stake. Pertinent information from such a study may provide various practices and strategies that could assist other administrators who select to implement a more collaborative approach or leadership style.