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ERIC Number: EJ1112164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Distributed Leadership through the Lens of Activity Theory
Yuen, Jeanne Ho Pau; Victor Chen, Der-Thanq; Ng, David
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v44 n5 p814-836 Sep 2016
Purpose: Using Activity Theory as an interpretive lens to examine the distribution of leadership, this paper shares a case study on how leadership for an ICT project was distributed in a Singapore school. Method: The case study involved observations of 49 meetings and 34 interviews of leaders and the teachers who were involved in the ICT project. Findings: Applying the lens of third-generation Activity Theory helped to reveal two main interrelated activity systems, and the leadership actions performed by senior and middle management. The two activity systems comprised the school and the ICT project. The focus in Activity Theory on the social-cultural perspective highlighted the role played by social norms in mediating the leadership activity. Implications for future research: The conclusion focuses on the understanding of distributed leadership as analysed through the lens of Activity Theory and suggests future research directions. Activity Theory enables research on distributed leadership to identify and examine interrelated activity systems that various leaders are involved in, and how these impact the leadership provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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