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ERIC Number: EJ1072743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
The Shifting Discourses of Educational Leadership: International Trends and Scotland's Response
Torrance, Deirdre; Humes, Walter
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v43 n5 p792-810 Sep 2015
Increasing emphasis has been placed on leadership within educational theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a wide range of academic literature and policy documents, this paper explores how the discourse of leadership has shifted and for what purposes. The authors are critical of the lack of conceptual underpinning for that discourse, evident both nationally and internationally, and they identify key issues that the teaching profession has been left to try to understand and make sense of. They caution that, despite attempts to align contemporary policy developments to position leadership as inherent in the role of every teacher, flaws in the conceptualisation of leadership, and particularly in favoured forms such as "distributed leadership" and "teacher leadership", pose significant challenges to a serious attempt to "reprofessionalise" teachers. Contemporary developments in Scottish education are referred to, exemplifying key tensions inherent in translating international trends into practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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