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ERIC Number: EJ870785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
(Un)Critical Times? Situating Distributed Leadership in the Field
Youngs, Howard
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v41 n4 p377-389 Nov 2009
It is time to situate distributed leadership as a critical conceptualisation of school leadership; its popularisation has generally preceded conceptual and empirical development. Over the last 10 years distributed leadership has often been presented as a new construct of school leadership, though critique against education policy reforms and conceptual and historical links to the wider leadership field have generally been underemphasised. The theorisation and research of distributed leadership is currently situated at a critical point in its development; it is at the "crossroads" of where it could dominantly be situated in the field of school leadership. A review of the literature and research suggests that distributed leadership is tending towards an uncritical position that is decoupled from critique of past and present education reforms and predominantly silent on how power relations at the local school level shape leadership activity. (Contains 57 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales); United States