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Deepening Our Understanding about School Leadership: Learning from Educators and Non-educators


Ehrich, L and Cranston, NC, Deepening Our Understanding about School Leadership: Learning from Educators and Non-educators, Transformative Leadership and Educational Excellence, Sense Publishers, Myint Swe Khine, Issa M. Saleh (ed), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 123-137. ISBN 978-90-8790-903-1 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Increasingly, leadership is argued as a way forward to improve performance and practice in a variety of contexts. School leadership is no different. There is little doubt that in the current globalised world characterized by change and complexity, effective school leadership is a key requirement. The contribution of this chapter is framed around a synthesis of current research, writing and theoretical insights regarding leadership. It draws upon three bodies of writing, Firstly, it begins by distilling several key themes and trends regarding educational leadership from the current research and writing. Secondly, it reports on the findings of a current research project carried out by the authors that explored the leadership stories of ten outstanding leaders from non-educational settings in Australia. Finally, it concludes by referring to some of the paradoxes and tensions inherent in the work of school leaders. It is argued that understanding and endeavouring to reconcile these dilemmas is a pre-requisite for school leaders as they continue to operate in an environment fraught with change and complexity.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Leadership, Principalship, Learning, Research, Dilemmas, Teams, Australia, Capabilities, Values-driven, Future-oriented
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Cranston, NC (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:60722
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-16
Last Modified:2012-10-22
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