ERIC Number: EJ800483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Distributed Leadership: Democracy or Delivery?
Hargreaves, Andy; Fink, Dean
Journal of Educational Administration, v46 n2 p229-240 2008
Purpose: This article aims to discusses the nature and benefits of lateral approaches to educational change, especially in the form of distributed leadership, that treat schools, localities, states, or nations, as "living systems" interconnected by mutual influence. Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents a conceptual discussion of the interrelated ideas of living systems, communities of practice and networks. Research examples from England, North America, and Finland are used to underscore the article's argument. Findings: The article underlines how, within this conception, distributed leadership operates as a network of strong cells organized through cohesive diversity and emergent development rather than mechanical alignment and predictable delivery. However, more deeply and more critically, the chapter also investigates whether, in practice, these lateral strategies are being used to extend democratic public and professional involvement in developing the goals and purposes of education or whether they are being primarily used as motivational devices to re-energize a dispirited profession into producing more effective and enthusiastic delivery of imposed government performance targets? Originality/value: The paper provides useful information on developments in distributed leadership. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Educational Administration, Motivation, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Social Networks, Interprofessional Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; North America; United Kingdom (England)