Principal facilitation and teacher leadership development: Beginning teachers' perspectives

Yan Ni Annie CHENG, Sing Ying Elson SZETO

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Developing teacher leadership is an imperative means of empowering teachers and enhancing teacher professionalism. However, teachers’ perspectives, in particular those of beginning teachers, on developing their leadership as potential teacher leaders are often neglected. Using case study approach, this presentation aims to explore beginning teachers’ perspectives on their own teacher leadership development and how their school principal facilitation influenced such development. Results show that beginning teachers were willing to taken up the role of teacher leader in different ways. Two kinds of principal facilitation, ‘principal-delegated’ and ‘teacher-aspirated’ are identified. The findings indicate that both the teacher and principal play significant roles in fostering teacher leadership functions and developing teacher leadership capacity. Implications for school leaders and teacher educators are discussed. Copyright © 2017 All Academic, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017



Cheng, A. Y. N., & Szeto, E. S. Y. (2017, April). Principal facilitation and teacher leadership development: Beginning teachers' perspectives. Paper presented at The 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting: Knowledge to Action Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.