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ERIC Number: EJ793642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Leadership Lost: A Case Study in Three Selective Secondary Schools
Jarvis, Adrian
Management in Education, v22 n1 p24-30 2008
Research has long accorded heads of subject departments a key middle leadership role in secondary schools. Unfortunately, researchers have found that the exact nature of this leadership is "blurred" in that it is difficult to isolate its distinctive qualities. In addition, there are also debates concerning whether professional and emotional interactions between middle leaders and their followers are crucial to building the trusting relationships upon which leadership must be founded. In an attempt to explore this relationship, a preliminary study was carried out at Three Spires School, an independent co-educational boarding and day school, followed by more detailed research in two other schools: Firthside, a private co-educational boarding school, and The Royal, a girls' state grammar (the names of the schools have been changed to preserve the anonymity of all participants). Two main methods were utilised in the gathering of data and, since the aim of the research was exploration rather than measurement, they were qualitative in nature. Two types of semi-structured interviews were conducted: those directed at the heads of the departments investigated; and those directed at selected members of those departments. The second method, classroom observations, was utilised to discover the extent to which a department head was able to influence a teacher's "theory in use" when at work in the classroom. The findings of this study indicates that the head of department role as currently constituted represents a "missed opportunity" for leadership. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A