Primary school teachers and outdoor education: Varying levels of teacher leadership in informal networks of peers

Research
TitlePrimary school teachers and outdoor education: Varying levels of teacher leadership in informal networks of peers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHovardas, T
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume47
Issue3
Pagination237 - 254
Date Published2016/07/02/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsenvironmental education, Include, informal teacher networks, LMD review 2, outdoor education, peer interaction, primary education, teacher leadership, VRH review
AbstractThe study concentrated on an area in Greece with a multiplicity of sites for outdoor education. Informal networks of teachers were detected through a snowball technique and data were collected by means of a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. A typology was first enriched to account for teacher interaction. This typology was then operationalized to assess teacher leadership in outdoor education. Participants were classified in three clusters, namely, “strugglers,” “domesticators,” and “succeeders”. Leadership covariated with ability to overcome obstacles, master “affordances” of destinations, and focus on on-site instruction. Peer interaction offered opportunities for reflection. Leadership categories revealed a transient character, which implied that peer interaction might facilitate empowerment. However, there were indications of protecting existing practice against innovation. Implications for leadership development are discussed.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2015.1113155