ERIC Number: ED390134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Effective School Leadership in a Time of Change: Emerging Themes and Issues.
Riley, Kathryn; And Others
Headteachers in England, Scotland, and Denmark must respond to wide-ranging and often conflicting external demands. Simultaneously, they must develop strategies to enhance their staffs' skills and improve pupil performance. This paper examines the background of a collaborative research project on school leadership in the three countries; elaborates on the nature of the research design and methodology; and explores some emerging issues. Data were gathered through interviews with 45 headteachers/principals in 31 schools in the 3 countries. Phase two of the research will explore other school community members' expectations of headteachers. The headteachers identified the following leadership challenges--maintaining visibility, exerting curriculum leadership, demonstrating expertise in a climate of increased accountability, managing time, and managing conflict. In dealing with conflict, headteachers tended to take on the role of referee, key player, or torch bearer. At a conference held in Edinburgh (Scotland) in March 1995, headteachers offered the following guidelines for conflict management: (1) distinguish between functional and dysfunctional conflict; (2) handle all conflict to produce functional outcomes; (3) seek clarification before acting to resole problems; (4) identify the source of conflict; (5) treat conflict as professional development; and (6) try for win-win situations. One figure is included. Appendices contain a review of research on leadership and a list of questions underpinning the research project. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Denmark; England; Scotland
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).