Leading to decide or deciding to lead? Understanding the relationship between teacher leadership and decision making

Emira, M (2010) 'Leading to decide or deciding to lead? Understanding the relationship between teacher leadership and decision making.' Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 38 (5). pp. 591-612. ISSN 1741-1432

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143210373738

Abstract

This article, first, examines how Egyptian teachers and senior teachers (formal leaders) define leadership and whether the length of their teaching experience has an effect on their views. Second, it explores their perspectives on the relationship between teacher leadership and decision making. The research sample is a mixed group of 20 Egyptian teachers of English language, three of them are senior teachers. The length of their teaching experience varies from 2 to 13 years. The findings show that the group defines teacher leadership in terms of characteristics of leaders; styles of leadership and what teacher leaders do both inside and outside classroom. Almost all of them see a link between leadership and decision making. In general, length of experience does not seem to have a major impact on their views. This is a key finding because it raises questions about the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) selection of teachers for leadership responsibilities, which is based on the length of their teaching experience. The implications of these findings are examined in relation to the proposal of the MoE for decentralizing education in Egypt.

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decision making, length of teaching experience, relationship between teacher leadership and decision making, teacher leadership

Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 10:00
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