ERIC Number: EJ718920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 57
The Distribution of Leadership and Power in Schools
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n2 p253-267 Apr 2005
Distributed leadership has come to prominence in school management discourse as a means to achieve the participation and empowerment of teachers and to create democratic schools. In this paper I explore the contradictions between these claims and both the hierarchical power structure of schools and the use of distributed leadership to secure the commitment of teachers to government education agendas. I examine how the relationship between distributed leadership and managerial power is addressed in the discourse of education management theorists and the practice of head-teachers. Examples of authentically democratic schools based on collective self-management provide the basis for questioning the hegemonic hierarchical model.
Descriptors: Power Structure, Administrator Role, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Democracy, Educational Administration, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom