ERIC Number: ED481968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
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Distributed Leadership in Schools: Leading or Misleading?
This paper takes a distributed perspective on leadership practice in schools. Drawing upon empirical evidence from two contemporary studies of successful school leadership and the international research base concerning distributed leadership, the paper argues that leadership practice is a distributed entity that is mediated through human interaction. It suggests that leadership activity at the level of the school, rather than the level of the individual, is the appropriate unit of analysis in studying leadership practice. The paper argues that the distributed perspective offers a new and important conceptual lens through which leadership practice in school can be understood and analyzed. It concludes that further research is required to investigate the interface between distributed leadership and school improvement to ensure that this particular perspective on school leadership is not misleading. (Contains 40 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Participative Decision Making, Principals, School Administration, School Based Management, School Policy, School Supervision, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the British Educational Leadership Management & Administration Society Conference (Birmingham, England, September 2002).