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ERIC Number: ED453213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 19
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King John's Christmas: Developing Leadership Communities On-Line.
Crawford, Megan
This paper examines how online communities provide space for educational leaders to reflect on and share the affective side of leadership, discussing implications of online communities in leadership and relating it to Wenger's concept of a community of practice. Using research conducted at the United Kingdom's Open University, the paper argues for the use of online conferences as part of headteacher support and development. It examines influencing factors in such an online conference facility, the role of group interaction and participation, and the role of moderators in leadership discussions. The University's Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers included an information communication technology component. Participants had access to a dedicated Website and conference facility. The study examined use of and attitudes toward online conferencing. Data collection involved technical records generated by the University's servers, telephone surveys, online surveys, and an online conference. Respondents appreciated the ability to maintain contact with other course participants. Headteachers liked being able to conference at their convenience with people who experienced similar issues. They considered the conferencing easy to use and useful. Most respondents logged onto the site weekly (generally from home in the evening). The conference moderator helped facilitate personal learning. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom