How Can Teachers as Love-based Leaders Enhance Learning?

By Satu Uusiautti and Kaarina Määttä.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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Teachers face the changing society through their pupils. New strategies to address challenges of the modern school are needed. The phenomenon will be analyzed by connecting leadership with teacherhood. Actually, “teachers as leaders” is not a new concept: teachers as leaders have certain responsibilities, for example, for student learning. To enhance learning, teachers need means of fostering diverse students’ overall growth, self-knowledge, and well-being. Positive support can be seen the most important when aiming at a positive influence. In this article, love-based practices in education will be discussed from the perspective of leadership. The focus is on defining the concept of love-based leadership and determining how it might be used in designing caring learning environments. Love was chosen as the ultimate theoretical phenomenon on which leadership in teaching is based on. The purpose is to introduce the theoretical formation of this approach: what is love-based leadership and how love-based practices in education can foster learning.

Keywords: Pedagogical Love, Love-based Leadership, Caring, Teacherhood, Love-based Practice

The International Journal of Organization and Leadership, Volume 20, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 379.599KB)).

Dr. Satu Uusiautti

Adjunct Professor, Researcher, Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland

Professor Kaarina Määttä

Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Finland