ERIC Number: EJ995497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
Voices from the Field: What Have We Learned about Instructional Leadership?
Townsend, Tony; Acker-Hocevar, Michele; Ballenger, Julia; Place, A. William
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v12 n1 p60-88 2013
This article documents perceptions of superintendents and principals when working under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2004-06. It uses data collected through the Voices 3 Project to consider three factors associated with instructional leadership as applied under NCLB, defining the school's mission, managing the instructional program, and promoting a positive school learning climate. Findings include that the narrowness of the curriculum objectives, the top-down hierarchical nature of decision making in the system, and the pervasively negative and punitive environment impact on the work of instructional leaders. The article argues that new approaches and leadership models are needed.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, Federal Legislation, Performance Factors, Institutional Mission, Organizational Climate, Educational Objectives, Decision Making, Administrative Organization, Administrative Change, Change Strategies, Organizational Change, Focus Groups, Educational Policy, Administrator Attitudes, Superintendents, Principals, Formative Evaluation
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001