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ERIC Number: EJ793660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Collaboration, Collegiality and Leadership from the Head: The Complexities of Shared Leadership in Primary School Settings
Hammersley-Fletcher, Linda; Brundrett, Mark
Management in Education, v22 n2 p11-16 2008
Over the last three decades schools have been subject to increasing and more varied sets of regulatory frameworks. In order to maintain creativity teachers need a clear educational perspective from which they can mediate, prioritise and lead change and one that enables them to develop and act upon their beliefs about education. The extent to which teachers in primary schools are empowered to develop their own perspective on the curriculum and, correlatively, enabled to manage learning and teaching in a way which is cognate with such a viewpoint is open to debate. The authors wish to argue that new forms of leadership structure, under a variety of different guises such as collegiality and, more recently, distributed leadership, have been promoted by both the academic community and government agencies, but the extent to which these "new" theories of leadership amount to more than enhanced delegation is open to contestation. In this article, the authors outline some of the "historical" background to the context of leadership in primary schools in recent years; examine the traditional role of the head teacher in British schools and subsequently explore some of the contemporary notions of "new forms" of leadership and to problematise them; and offer some observations about the ways forward in terms of enhancing the autonomy of teachers and autonomy in the related areas of learning and teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom