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ERIC Number: ED423606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 26
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Synergy through Teamwork: Sharing Primary School Leadership.
Wallace, Mike
Virtually all British secondary (high) schools and many primary (elementary) schools feature what is called a senior management team (SMT), typically consisting of the headteacher (principal), one or more deputy heads (vice principals), and other teachers. To explore how SMTs are working, a survey questionnaire was mailed to 150 headteachers in randomly selected primary schools with 300 of more pupils. Case studies of SMTs in four schools supplemented the survey data. Three aspects of the conceptual framework are outlined: a dual cultural and political perspective for analyzing interaction through which team approaches are expressed; the idea of an uneasy coexistence between two sets of incompatible beliefs and values underpinning the operation of SMTs; and stipulative definitions of teams against which to assess the approaches investigated. Selected findings are reported to illustrate the diversity and problematic nature of SMTs in primary schools. Most of the headteachers claimed to have adopted a team approach. Only headteachers have the authority to create teams, but they are not all-powerful in promoting the culture of teamwork. Although the findings show that teamwork is worth trying, the risks involved suggest that new headteachers should consider adopting a "low gain, low strain" approach initially. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)