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ERIC Number: EJ978273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
School Leadership: Constitution and Distribution
Vennebo, Kirsten Foshaug; Ottesen, Eli
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v15 n3 p255-270 2012
Leadership is currently viewed as a guarantee for educational quality and reforms, as a crucial component for schools' capacity building and as a major contributor to the transformation of practices. Although an array of leadership studies report on the need for leadership by demonstrating what leaders must do or how leadership practices should be configured for schools to be successful, less attention has been drawn to how leadership is played out and how it becomes consequential in social practices. In this article, the authors analyse leadership as an interactive process, in a leadership team in a Norwegian school that aims to develop assessment practices. Cultural historical activity theory frames this analysis. The analytic concepts' perspective, position and interaction trajectory allow an investigation of leadership as an emergent property in the interactive process. Leadership emerges in complex chains of actions oriented by purposes constituted in the interplay of hierarchical and distributed dimensions of agency and authority. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway