ETL 504 Leadership

25 Apr

* What is your understanding of leadership for learning?

My understanding of leadership for learning is that being a leader still entails learning and this occurs simultaneously as the process of leading occurs (MacBeath & Dempster, 2009). This type of leadership has a focus on learning that is conducted collaboratively and shared within an environment with a common purpose or goal.


MacBeath, J.E. & Dempster, N. (2009). Leadership for learning. Connecting leadership and learning: principles for practice (pp. 32-52). London Routledge.



* Have you identified any particular element of leadership practice in collaborative environments, that has made you stop and think about the practical professional opportunities that you may like to explore or adopt in your school?

As stated in Collay (2011), I viewed leadership as having a hierarchical structure within the school environment, stemming in structure from the Principal, Deputy Principals, Head Teachers and then Teachers. I also had the view that more experienced teachers as having seniority from a leadership perspective.

Collay (2011) highlighted the fact that teachers are all leaders within the classroom or the library in the case of Teacher Librarians. It also places a focus on the classroom as the nucleus of leadership in schools, which is a concept that I had not considered before.

An approach I would like to explore in the future is working more collaboratively, using a problem based learning strategy (Goodnough, 2005) to integrate teaching and learning opportunities that can be explored within the library and the classroom which will extend across the curriculum. Working collaboratively will provide an environment that brings various experiences to the table, all of which are working towards the common goal of our primary business of education.


Collay, M. (2011). Teaching is leading. Everyday Teacher Leadership: Taking Action Where You Are (pp. 75-108). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Goodnough, K. (2005). Fostering Teacher Learning through Collaborative Inquiry. Clearing House, 79(2), 88-92. Retrieved from:


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