A Study on Teacher Leadership of Mentor Teachers: Principal’s Support and Influence
The purpose of this study was to investigate principal’s support for and influence on mentor teachers in the development of teacher leadership. Four elementary schools which had participated in the Mentor Teacher Program in Taipei City for years were selected, and then four mentor teachers and their corresponding principals, eight participants in total, were interviewed by the researcher in these four schools. The researcher used “Principal’s Support for Mentor Teacher in the Development of Teacher Leadership Inventory” as the research tool. The major findings are as follows: 1. the main functions of teacher leadership for mentor teachers range from “helping and supporting teachers” to “influencing school administration in decision-making”; 2. the dimensions of principals’ supportive behaviors to teacher leadership development for mentor teachers include “structure,” which is basic, “profession,” and “relationship, school culture and emotion”; 3. The principal’s support not only strengthens teacher leadership but also provides the teacher and schools with positive impacts. Based on the research findings, several suggestions for future research are offered.
|關鍵詞||校長支持作為、教學導師、教師領導、principal’s support、mentor teacher、teacher leadership|