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ERIC Number: EJ1071131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Clones, Drones and Dragons: Ongoing Uncertainties around School Leader Development
Walker, Allan
School Leadership & Management, v35 n3 p300-320 2015
This article examines a number of key issues around successful school leadership and leader development. Three metaphors are used to frame, track and analyse recent research and commentary in the area--these are clones, drones and dragons. Although development mechanisms rarely fall neatly within one category, the metaphors provide a useful way to examine some of the ongoing uncertainties around leader development. Clones duplicate what others think they know about successful leadership. Drones carry cloned knowledge and are controlled "from afar" by centralised authorities or other "outsiders". Dragons take organic forms which can mutate in terms of shape, colour and form in line with more localised needs. As such, they aim to nurture leaders who lead change successfully within their communities with reference to but not dictated by standardised knowledge. Issues flowing from interactions between these categories form a set of questions or tensions faced by systems and leaders themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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