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Special Education Teacher Leadership in Jordan: Current State and Constraints

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  • Eman Al-Zboon

    () (Special Education Department, Queen Rania Faculty for Childhood, Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan)

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Distributed leadership can enhance the professional learning communities of schools. The present study explored the leadership experience of Jordanian special education teachers, and their perceptions of common constraints to leadership. A mixed method design was used, including a survey ( n = 136) and an interview ( n = 23). Results indicated that special education teachers had little experience of leadership roles. They regarded the provision of cognitive and emotional support to colleagues as their most important leadership role, and participating in interview committees and selecting new teachers as the least important. There were no significant mean differences between male and female special education teachers in their level of enacted leadership. Level of education and years of experience were found to have a significant effect on the level of teachers’ leadership.

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  • Eman Al-Zboon, 2016. "Special Education Teacher Leadership in Jordan: Current State and Constraints," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(3), pages 1-17, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:6:y:2016:i:3:p:19-:d:73010
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    Keywords

    special education teacher; leadership; educational reform; perceptions;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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