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Grief and Educative Leadership


Macpherson, RJS and Vann, B, Grief and Educative Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, 34, (2) pp. 24 - 40. ISSN 0957-8234 (1996) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09578239610112097


Suggests bereavement strategies for educative leaders. Reports action research that helped a school community come to terms with the effects of a staff member committing suicide. Summarizes the advice to the principal from an external counsellor; the stages that people go through in learning how to cope with trauma, coming to terms with loss and negotiating a new stable state. Shows that the school community experienced extremes of emotion and a collapse of confidence and professional legitimacy. Argues that bereavement processes and particular strategies at each stage should be justified in terms of consequences. Finds the principal was central to the politics of grief. Examines different micro-political leadership styles and suggests a fifth, more educative approach. © 1996, MCB UP Limited

Item Details

Item Type:Non 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:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Macpherson, RJS (Associate Professor Reynold Macpherson)
ID Code:7149
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-08

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