ERIC Number: EJ969782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Small and Perfectly Formed? Is Democracy an Alternative Approach to School Leadership?
Hope, Max A.
School Leadership & Management, v32 n3 p291-305 2012
In recent decades, education policy has changed considerably so that now, numerous types of schools are available in the "marketplace". The most recent additions to this landscape are Academies and Free Schools, with freedoms to make more choices about curriculum, structures and leadership. In this climate, this paper takes one school as a case study--a radical democratic school from the independent sector--and explores its structures, processes and model of leadership. This school is unique because it has no Head Teacher and is run as a self-governing community of students and staff. The paper concludes with an argument that this school represents a new form of radical structuralism and offers a model of leadership which might be valuable in other educational settings. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Democracy, School Administration, Leadership, Private Schools, Secondary Schools, Small Schools, Self Determination, Case Studies, Grounded Theory, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)