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Title: Early career teachers’ perceptions and experiences of leadership development: balancing structure and agency in contrasting school contexts
Authors: Woodhouse, Joan
Pedder, David
First Published: 29-Aug-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Research Papers in Education, 2016, pp. 1-25
Abstract: Drawing on the findings of a three-year, longitudinal study investigating early career teachers’ (ECTs) experiences and perceptions of leadership development in English secondary schools, this paper highlights, from the perspectives of ECTs, some of the factors that support and facilitate leadership development during the first few years of the teaching career. ECTs’ leadership dispositions and aspirations seemed to be formed within and in response to what they perceived to be the nature of their particular school contexts. They appeared to position themselves in relation to the perceived school leadership ethos at a range of points along what might be conceptualised as a continuum from resistance and alienation to amenability and identification with the perceived ethos. Amenability and identification with the school leadership ethos seemed to be associated with high levels of personal agency, such that ECTs gathered important developmental experience as leaders and were developing leadership skills, dispositions and aspirations. In a minority of contexts, ECTs experienced feelings of alienation, and positioned themselves as resistant to school leadership in contexts they perceived to be characterised by high accountability, blame and coercion. This resistance and alienation were associated with reduced agency, and restricted development as leaders.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02671522.2016.1225794
ISSN: 0267-1522
eISSN: 1470-1146
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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