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ERIC Number: EJ1099104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
Department-Head Leadership for School Improvement
Leithwood, Kenneth
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v15 n2 p117-140 2016
This review of research was prompted by the widespread belief that at least in a significant number of secondary schools, department heads are an underutilized, if not untapped, source of instructional leadership, the type of leadership critical to secondary-school improvement initiatives. Forty-two methodologically diverse empirical studies were used to inquire about department and department-head contributions to secondary-school improvement. Results indicate that department and department-head effects on students are consistently positive, practically meaningful and larger than school effects. Well-functioning departments are powerful centers for improvement. But significant hurdles to effective department-head leadership often minimize its effect, for example, some secondary teacher cultures, some teacher union policies, and some heads' own conceptions of their roles and responsibilities. Conditions enabling successful department-head leadership are identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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