Community connection and change: a different conceptualization of school leadership

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Lewis, Marian. 2008. "Community connection and change: a different conceptualization of school leadership." Improving Schools. 11 (3), pp. 227-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480208097742
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Community connection and change: a different conceptualization of school leadership

ERA Journal ID19950
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AuthorLewis, Marian
Journal TitleImproving Schools
Journal Citation11 (3), pp. 227-237
Number of Pages11
Year2008
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISSN1365-4802
1475-7583
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1365480208097742
Web Address (URL)http://imp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/11/3/227
Abstract

Many of our schools are situated in communities characterised by high levels of disadvantage, presenting a range of challenges. One possible response is to acknowledge this disadvantage and to try to address some of the problems it raises for students. Another is for the school to be proactive, recognising the challenges faced by the community and taking a lead in bringing about change. Part of a larger research project, this paper explores the extraordinary leadership role of Prospect Road State School (a pseudonym) in bringing change to a multiply disadvantaged community though collaborative action with other agencies and creative approaches to bringing people together. This school’s experiences and achievement illustrate what may be possible when school leadership proactively sets out to improve a community described by the principal as being ‘in crisis’. The experiences explored indicate ways of rethinking the relationship between school and disadvantaged community – of working synergistically with others to make a significant difference.

Keywordscommunity capacity building; community change; disadvantage; parallel leadership; school-commumnity relationships
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
440301. Family and household studies
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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