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ERIC Number: ED508502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 104
Educational Leadership. A Review of the Research
Leithwood, Kenneth
Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory
What is educational leadership? Why should individuals care about it? How does it work? What forms might it take? Which leadership practices are useful in almost all contexts? Which are context-specific? What are the sources of successful leadership? These questions--addressed in this paper--are questions presently of concern to a growing number of people who are convinced that one of the central keys to the success of present efforts to improve student learning is leadership. Leadership, for this purpose, may come from many sources--school and district administrators, teachers, parents, school-board members, and state officials, for example. Although leadership from these sources has a bearing on the improvement of student learning, the leadership of school and district administrators, along with teachers, has demonstrably more influence than leadership from other sources; it is the leadership of such people with which this review is most concerned. This paper provides a brief overview of important concepts central to the meaning of educational leadership, as well as a synopsis of evidence about the nature and effects of leadership practices that are successful in improving student learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
Laboratory for Student Success (LSS), The Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. Temple University, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091. Tel: 800-892-5550; Fax: 215-204-5130; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, Laboratory for Student Success (ED)