ERIC Number: ED332339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Re-Thinking School Leadership: An Agenda for Research and Reform. NCEL Occasional Paper No. 1
Bolman, Lee G.; And Others
This document presents a basic model of the relationship between leadership, situation, and outcomes. Following a discussion of questions on the nature, origin, and future significance of good school leadership, the conceptual, empirical, and practical tasks of a systematic approach to school leadership are explored. Multiple constituents, school structure, and the technology of instruction are described as three features of public schools that must be recognized in designing a research strategy. The influence of changing social problems, public problems, demographics, fiscal constraints, student populations, and expectations on school leadership is discussed. Next, conceptions of leadership are explored in terms of: (1) the significance of school contextual variables; (2) the relational nature of leadership; and (3) the difference between leadership and position. Last, our current understanding of educational leadership is summarized through a review of related literature, and needs related to promoting good school leadership are discussed. (113 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrative Principles, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Public Schools, Research Needs, School Administration, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Sales, National Center for Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 443 Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Leadership, Cambridge, MA.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.