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ERIC Number: EJ1006306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Collective Learning in Schools: Exploring the Perceptions of Leadership Trainees
Schechter, Chen
International Journal of Educational Management, v27 n3 p273-291 2013
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore leadership trainees' perceptions of determinants of collective learning in school settings and of the principal's role in collective learning. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 24 interviews were conducted with all leadership trainees in a university-based principal preparatory program. Data analysis inductively generated themes that were grounded in the various perspectives articulated by leadership trainees. Findings: Leadership trainees pointed out three main difficulties facing collective learning: time and place; staff reaction to collective learning; and acceptance atmosphere. Trainees listed four main roles that principals have in shaping the collective learning process: administrator; team leader; collaborator; and visionary. Research limitations/implications: The findings call for ongoing research on the connection between leadership trainees' conceptualizations of collective learning and their practical capabilities to initiate these learning processes in schools. Originality/value: The results of this study can shed light on how to prepare leadership trainees in a university preparation program to initiate and sustain collaborative learning interactions among faculty members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel