Leadership Learning for Pre-Service and Early Career Teachers: Insights From Ireland and Scotland

Fiona King, Margery McMahon, Dong Nguyen, Stephen Roulston

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Abstract

Teachers’ leadership learning should arguably commence in the initial stages of their pre-service education. However, the scope for leadership learning in pre-service teacher preparation is questionably less prominent. This paper presents findings from the first phase of an ongoing qualitative research study that is exploring the extent of leadership learning in pre-service teacher education in three education systems (i.e. Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland). It discusses participants’ receptivity and challenges of leadership learning at the pre-service and early career stages. The paper highlights the need for strengthening leadership elements in pre-service teacher education programmes and for developing supportive structures and cultures within and beyond schools, to promote leadership learning for teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-22
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Studies in Educational Administration
Volume47
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Leadership development,
  • Teacher leadership
  • Teacher education
  • Leadership learning

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