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ERIC Number: EJ930318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1942-7751
Still Learning about Leading: A Leadership Critical Friends Group
Fahey, Kevin M.
Journal of Research on Leadership Education, v6 n1 p1-35 Jan 2011
This case study examines how a group of early career school leaders used a particular model of professional learning, the Critical Friends Group (The School Reform Initiative, 2010), to continue to learn about leading. More specifically, this study offers an in-depth look at how the use of a structured conversation or protocol, designed to build collaborative professional communities in schools, supported the learning of these principals. The study describes the context in which the Critical Friends Group (CFG) occurred and then considers (a) how the group used a CFG protocol to collaboratively learn about an ongoing leadership dilemma and (b) how participation in this collaborative learning model informed the members' leadership practice. The intervention described in this paper was originally only intended as a short term support for aspiring leaders who were seeking their first administrative positions. It has grown into something more enduring. This case study offers a step in understanding a complicated, multi-year process of leadership development. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts