Abstract Potter - Teacher Leadership in a Post-Secondary Correctional Education Program

Teacher Leadership in a Post-Secondary Correctional Education Program

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TITLE Teacher Leadership in a Post-Secondary Correctional Education Program
 
RESEARCHER Tami K. Potter
Department of Public Administration
University of La Verne (California)
Masters Thesis: March 1999

OBJECTIVE
To examine the leadership practices of the Educational Programs in Corrections (EPIC) instructors.

METHODOLOGY
The sample consisted of six of the seven instructors at the University of La Verne who taught college courses for the EPIC. Respondents completed the LPI and provided demographic information. Interviews with each respondent supplemented and extended the data collection. Students (prisoners) completed the LPIObserver on each instructor anonymously (N=17; response rate 49%).

KEY FINDINGS
EPIC faculty, to the author's surprise, did not view themselves as leaders, even though in their interviews they "overwhelmingly indicated that their role as teachers involved all five of Kouzes and Posner's leadership practices."

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