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ERIC Number: EJ871016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Work-Shadowing as a Process for Facilitating Leadership Succession in Primary Schools
Simkins, Tim; Close, Paul; Smith, Robin
School Leadership & Management, v29 n3 p239-251 Jul 2009
Work-shadowing is an under-researched aspect of leadership development. This paper places workshadowing in the broader context of responses to the challenges of managing leadership succession in schools, drawing on an evaluation of a pilot shadowing programme for aspiring primary headteachers. The paper identifies a number of key themes in prospective heads' experience, namely those of transition, capability and identity. It shows how a shadowing programme can address these if appropriate "rules of engagement" are established and if processes are put in place that enable the shadowees to "frame" their experience in relation to both the rationale for the day-to-day interactions of headship and the broader structural and cultural contexts within which headship takes place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom