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ERIC Number: EJ978816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Investigating School-Wide Antecedents of Good Practice Dissemination from Individual Subject Projects
Christophersen, Knut-Andreas; Elstad, Eyvind; Turmo, Are
Research in Education, v87 n1 p1-14 May 2012
Good practice dissemination is an unsolved problem in education. This article describes how clear and "soft" leadership and perceptions of social and economic exchange operate in the bottom-up processes of school reforms and examines the relative impact of these factors on school-wide good practice dissemination and discusses how leadership antecedents may support or constrain dissemination efforts. Although this study is anchored in one school subject, the aim was to examine the entire school organisation. The methodology adopted was a cross-sectional survey of 212 teachers at eleven Norwegian schools. The structural equation analysis indicated that the pathway "soft" leadership [right arrow] teachers' social exchange perceptions has a moderate to high impact on the school-wide dissemination and that clear leadership has a somewhat lower impact on dissemination. The research strongly supports the importance of good relations between teachers and school leaders for dissemination of good practice. Implications for practice and directions for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway