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ERIC Number: EJ782435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Distributed Leadership in Schools: The Case of Elementary Schools Adopting Comprehensive School Reform Models
Camburn, Eric; Rowan, Brian; Taylor, James E.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v25 n4 p347-373 2003
This is a study of distributed leadership in the context of elementary schools' adoption of comprehensive school reforms (CSR). Most CSRs are designed to configure school leadership by defining formal roles, and we hypothesized that such programs activate those roles by defining expectations for and socializing (e.g., through professional development) role incumbents. Configuration and activation were further hypothesized to influence the performance of leadership functions in schools. Using data from a study of three of the most widely adopted CSR models, support was found for the configuration and activation hypotheses. Leadership configuration in CSR schools differed from that of nonCSR schools in part because of the addition of model-specific roles. Model participation was also related to the performance of leadership functions as principals in CSR schools and CSR-related role incumbents were found to provide significant amounts of instructional leadership. Further support for the activation hypothesis is suggested by positive relationships between leaders' professional development experiences and their performance of instructional leadership. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED565615