ERIC Number: EJ830187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
School Leadership in Context: Narratives of Practice and Possibility
Gordon, Jenny; Patterson, Jean A.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v9 n3 p205-228 Jul 2006
In this paper, we critique the study of school leadership for its normative, singular, and evolutionary tendencies. Through an empirical study of leadership we offer an approach that suggests new possibilities for the field. Through the use of a qualitative, grounded theory methodology, we developed profiles of principals that illustrate a variety of different leadership types. We describe the types of leadership that teachers and principals negotiated in the contexts of reform and principal succession. Our exploratory analysis suggests that different types of leaders were considered effective in different settings. The notion that there are many effective types of leadership distinguishes our work from much of the leadership literature, which tends to maintain that one kind of leadership is effective in any setting.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Context Effect, Educational Practices, Profiles, Leadership Styles, Educational Change, Organizational Change, Organizational Theories, School Culture, Interviews, Naturalistic Observation, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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