A descriptive study using questionnaires was conducted in 2008 to assess the perception and the implementation of teacher leadership practice displayed by integrated special education program teachers in the four regions of Malaysia. Creating energy in the classroom dimension, building capacity dimension, securing environment dimension, extending the vision dimension, meeting and minimising crisis dimension, and seeking and charting improvement dimension were key variables as teacher leadership dimensions that guided the study. Respondents were 369 integrated special education program school teachers. Data were analyzed descriptively through the use of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program using frequencies, percentages, mean, and t-test. The results reveal that the integrated special education program teachers not only practising but also applying all the six dimensions of teacher leadership at high level. Based on the t-test analysis, there is a significant difference between the level of agreement and the level of implementing the teacher leadership practice. This study indicates the importance of studying teacher leadership as the information collected would help the integrated special education teachers to practise, implement, access and maintain high level of teacher leadership which in turn to promote better classroom management.
|Keywords:||Special Education, Integration Program, Teacher Leadership Practice|
Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
Professor, School of Educational Studies, University Science Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
In recent years, she has been invited to give keynote, plenary presentations, talks and workshops at national and international conferences. She has received several awards recognizing her contributions, including several Outstanding Leadership and Service Awards from the Lions Clubs International, the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (Meritorious Service Award) from the Penang State Government; Maal Hijrah Excellence Award (For Academic Category), University Science Malaysia; Sin Chew Da Ai Award (Sin Chew Kind Heart Award), and Alumni Citizenship Award 2007 from the Ohio State University Alumni Association.
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