Re-forming leadership at a whole-school level: teacher leaders and their principal invoking reaction within and beynd their school

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Conway, Joan M.. 2014. "Re-forming leadership at a whole-school level: teacher leaders and their principal invoking reaction within and beynd their school." Journal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice. 29 (2), pp. 32-46.
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Re-forming leadership at a whole-school level: teacher leaders and their principal invoking reaction within and beynd their school

ERA Journal ID123939
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsConway, Joan M.
Journal TitleJournal of Educational Leadership Policy and Practice
Journal Citation29 (2), pp. 32-46
Number of Pages14
Year2014
ISSN1178-8690
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=967396417923432;res=IELHSS
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Leadership at a whole-school level is the key to sustainable school improvement. Research across Australia in schools of several education systems has revealed the importance of parallel leadership if there is to be collective responsibility for pedagogical development and implementation toward enhanced school outcomes. Schools that have effectively engaged with the IDEAS Project, a school improvement project led by the Leadership Research International (LRI) team of the University of Southern Queensland, are places where the principal and teacher leaders work mutualistically, with shared purpose and allowance for individual expression. Furthermore, these leaders begin to invoke reaction through strategic networking, organisational self-critique and professional advocacy.

A research project in one Australian education system where schools had been engaged with the IDEAS Project for at least four years used a range of ‘mutualistic’ methodological strategies between LRI researchers and school-based researchers. This paper shows the importance of building leadership capacity in the case of one school where the principal and the teacher leaders had to re-think and re-form leadership at a whole of school level.

Keywordsteacher leadership, principal leadership, parallel leadership, schoolwide pedagogy, school improvement, leadership capacity building
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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