ERIC Number: ED407736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Reshaping the Headship in England and Wales: Primary Impacts.
Portin, Bradley S.
England and Wales have undergone dramatic educational reforms during the 1980s and 1990s. This paper presents findings of a study that explored three headteachers' perceptions of leadership in English and Welsh primary schools. Data were obtained through interviews, a staff questionnaire, observation, and document review. Findings indicate that through shared leadership, headteachers saw their role as creating an empowered community of educational leaders, each committed to practice and professional development. Leadership was practiced as a strategic alliance. Their new concepts of leadership included a new negotiation of their instructional leadership role in a time of increasing managerial imperative, leadership constructs based on a clear sense of "other" rather than a focus on oneself, and professional characteristics that contributed to the development of a team. The data suggest that the headteachers felt closely aligned with their enactment of leadership while also feeling separate from the role. They spoke of new alliances formed within and outside the school, and about how leadership was enacted and shaped in the context of other colleagues. Two figures are included. (Contains 76 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)