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ERIC Number: EJ806988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-7
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Merits and Limitations of Distributed Leadership: Experiences and Understandings of School Principals
Wright, Lisa L.
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n69 p1-33 Feb 2008
Although claiming leadership to be critical to school improvement, few studies seek the informative voice of principals regarding their understandings of roles and sources of leadership. Using a distributed perspective as a theoretical lens to reconceptualize leadership, this article explores principals' perspectives of leadership in relation to their roles as defined by legislation and policy. By examining the primary merits and limitations of Spillane's (2006) distributed framework, consideration is given to persistent issues yielding implications for the practice and study of educational leadership. Lastly, I urge further investigation into the extent to which distributed forms of leadership may contribute to school improvement. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2. Tel: 204-474-9004; Fax: 204-474-7564; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada