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ERIC Number: ED431230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 26
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Leadership, Organizational Learning, and Classroom Change.
Brown, Jean; Sheppard, Bruce
This paper reports on the experiences of schools that are attempting to change into dynamic, responsive, data-driven organizations that allow for learning at all levels. It identifies aspects of leadership that appear to be significant and discusses the problems the schools encountered. The sample for the study, conducted from 1995 to 1997, was composed of 13 schools with 312 teachers from 3 school districts in Newfoundland (Canada). The schools included high schools, all-grade schools, junior-high schools, and elementary schools, ranging in size from 185 to 870 students. All the schools were reorganizing at the school level. A quantitative and qualitative methodology was used. Findings show that each school's leadership approach either positively correlated with, or explained a significant amount of, the variance of the learning-organization disciplines. It can be assumed that the leadership approaches and practices that were consistent with emerging models of team leaders accounted for significant variance in selected learning-organization characteristics. The principal and vice-principal were recognized as the primary sources of leadership; the whole school staff were seen as important, as well. However, results suggest that researchers cannot be certain that all educators endorse team leadership as a means to successful change. Contains 43 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada