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A Fulcrum of Education: A Case Study on Teacher Leadership through the development of a high school featured curriculum
Taiwanese schools are facing a changing education landscape. The education extending compulsory education from nine years to twelve-year basic education pose challenges to schools in Taiwan. This study aims at exploring how the teachers in this study demonstrate leadership during development of featured curriculum. Systems thinking not only part of featured curriculum, but also provides school another path to adapt the changes in the world and to create high competitive strategies. This study applies case study as a research approach to investigate the process of how teacher leadership works in real-world setting. The findings of this study could offer a better explanation to how teacher leadership functions with the focus on effectiveness divergent through curriculum in senior high school. Date is from semi-structure interview, observation and document analysis. The major research results and conclusions are as follows: 1. The legitimacy of teacher leadership comes from years of experience in teaching and professional leadership. 2. Teacher leaders need school support to exert influence. 3. Through sharing sessions, teacher leaders trigger frequent interaction and provide emotional support. 4. Teacher Leadership trigger changes both inside and outside the classroom. 5. The challenges of teacher leadership include structure, technical, and personal aspects of difficulties. . Keywords: Teacher Leadership, featured curriculum, Systems thinking
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