ERIC Number: ED433579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Strategic Leadership, Resource Management and Effective School Reform.
Caldwell, Brian J.
This paper explores the impact of school reform on learning outcomes and on the professional culture of the principalship. The report draws on findings from several research projects involving surveys and case studies in the period 1993 to 1998, with special focus on the Schools of the Future reform in Victoria, Australia. The article describes the research programs used in the study, and offers an account of the emerging roles and preferences of principals for the new organizational arrangements. A description of new mechanisms for the management of resources sets the scene for a review of findings on learning outcomes. The final section describes the professional culture of the principalship that is emerging under these conditions. The findings show that despite several dysfunctions, unfulfilled expectations, and intensification of work, a large majority of principals would not return to previous organizational governance. Structural equation modeling of the sources used in the study revealed a stable pattern of direct and indirect effects of reform elements on learning outcomes for students. Case studies revealed that principals played an important role in helping link the structural aspects of reform to learning and teaching. Leadership was strategic and empowering more than it was heroic or "hands on." (Contains 42 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia