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Senior Management Teams in Schools: Understanding their dynamics, enhancing their effectiveness


Cranston, NC and Ehrich, L, Senior Management Teams in Schools: Understanding their dynamics, enhancing their effectiveness, Leading and Managing, 15, (1) pp. 14-25. ISSN 1329-4539 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Increasingly it has been argued that senior management teams (SMTs), comprising principals, deputy heads and other personnel, play a critical role in the governance of schools. In recent years, many researchers have drawn upon the tools of micropolitics to illuminate the relationships, dynamics and power plays between and amongst members of SMTs. The paper has two foci. Firstly, it overviews some of the seminal literature in the field of SMTs and micropolitics in an attempt to identify the working practices of and challenges facing members of SMTs. Secondly, it discusses an instrument, the TEAM Development Questionnaire, that emerged from a synthesis of this writing and research. The questionnaire presented here was especially devised to use with members of SMTs to help them (i) identify the dynamics amongst team members; and (ii) identify areas for the team to improve. A set of procedures for implementing the TEAM Development Questionnaire is provided to demonstrate its application to the field.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Cranston, NC (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:58351
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2009-09-29
Last Modified:2014-11-25
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