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ERIC Number: EJ1093442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Leadership Identity in a Small Island Developing State: The Jamaican Context
Floyd, Alan; Fuller, Carol
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v46 n2 p251-271 2016
While the role of leadership in improving schools is attracting more worldwide attention, there is a need for more research investigating leaders' experiences in different national contexts. Using focus-group and semi-structured interview data, this paper explores the background, identities and experiences of a small group of Jamaican school leaders who were involved in a leadership development programme. By drawing on the concepts of culture, socialisation and identity, the paper examines how the participants' journeys of becoming and being school leaders are influenced by national-level societal and cultural issues, experienced at a local level. The findings suggest that in becoming school leaders, the participants perceived that they had a strong sense of agency in attempting to change the social structures within the institutions they lead and in the surrounding local communities, which in turn, they hope, will have a lasting effect on the nation as a whole.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica
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