Distributed Leadership: Different Perspectives / Edition 1

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This book argues that the educational environment in many countries has shifted so dramatically and so permanently that we urgently need to re-consider what we understand by educational leadership and educational leadership practice. The book focuses on distributed leadership and focuses on the emerging evidence about the possibilities and shortcomings of this form of leadership. The book will draw upon the latest empirical findings from studies in different countries that have focused on the relationship between distributed forms of leadership and organisational change. The main aim of the book is to offer contemporary, comparative and challenging accounts of distributed leadership practice.

This book outlines current understandings, findings and limitations of the concept of distributed leadership. It brings together different international perspectives on distributed leadership as well as looking at distributed leadership through three major lenses–the empirical, the interpretive and the critical.

The book aims to offer challenge, debate and critique, as well as presenting the latest empirical findings about the impact and effects of distributed leadership on organizational change. Leading writers in the field will offer contemporary analysis and reflection on the theme and will also consider the future issues, challenges and directions for distributed leadership.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402097362
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Series: Studies in Educational Leadership Series, #7
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


Contributors’ Notes

Section 1 Setting the Scene


1. Distributed Leadership: What we Know

Alma Harris

Section 2 Empirical Perspectives

2. Chapter 2

Investigating Connections between Distributed Leadership and Instructional Change Eric M. Camburn and Seong Won Han

3.Taking a Distributed Perspective in Studying School Leadership & Management: The Challenge of Study Operations

James P. Spillane, Eric M. Camburn, James Pustejovsky,Amber Stitziel Pareja, Geoff Lewis

4. The Relationship Between Distributed Leadership and Teachers’ Academic Optimism

Blair Mascall, Kenneth Leithwood, Tiiu Strauss, and Robin Sacks

5. Distributed Leadership in Schools: Does System Policy Make a Difference?

Philip Hallinger and Ronald H. Heck

Section 3 Practical Perspectives

6. Capacity building through layered leadership: Sustaining the Turnaround Christopher Day

7. The Relationship between Distributed Leadership and Action Learning in schools: A Case Study Stephen Dinham

Section 4 Conceptual/ Theoretical Perspectives

8. The Role of Sensemaking and Trust in Developing Distributed Leadership Karen Seashore Louis, David Meyrowetz, Mark Smiley, Joseph Murphy

9. Distributed Leadership: Democracy or Delivery

Andrew Hargreaves and Dean Fink

Section 5 Future Perspectives

10. From distributed to hybrid leadership practice

Peter Gronn

11. Fit for Purpose: An Educationally Relevant Account of Distributed Leadership.

Viviane Robinson

12. Coda

Alma Harris

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