ERIC Number: EJ1019006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Advantages and Challenges of Distributing Leadership in Middle-Level Schools
Grenda, J. Patrick; Hackmann, Donald G.
NASSP Bulletin, v98 n1 p53-74 Mar 2014
This multiple-site case study examined distributed leadership practices of three middle school principals, using observations, interviews, and document analysis. Findings disclosed that the principals built on the interdisciplinary teaming structure to develop empowering organizational structures that promoted democratic governance. Employing distributed practices, they identified teacher leaders to guide curriculum, professional development, and building management. While utilizing the teaming structure to facilitate building-wide decision making, the principals also found that distributing leadership across several individuals sometimes created challenges for communications accuracy.
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Transformational Leadership, Participative Decision Making, Administrative Organization, Case Studies, Middle Schools, Teacher Leadership, Principals, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teamwork, Observation, Content Analysis, Organizational Communication, Educational Indicators, Semi Structured Interviews, Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001