Small rural school leadership: creating opportunity through collaboration

Starr, Karen 2016, Small rural school leadership: creating opportunity through collaboration. In Clarke, Simon and O'Donoghue, Tom (ed), School leadership in diverse contexts, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.43-56.

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Title Small rural school leadership: creating opportunity through collaboration
Author(s) Starr, KarenORCID iD for Starr, Karen
Title of book School leadership in diverse contexts
Editor(s) Clarke, Simon
O'Donoghue, Tom
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 12
Start page 43
End page 56
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) Education
Summary Leading a small rural school presents specific challenges for principals: there are fewer people to perform as many tasks as exist in larger schools; teaching consumes a greater percentage of leaders' time in multigrade, mixed-ability classes; there is often limited or no access to resources that are taken for granted elsewhere; and there is no dilution of stakeholder expectations regarding school improvement, policy accountability or student achievement outcomes. Small rural school leadership is complex, diverse and labour-intensive and the exigencies of life in small rural communities create unconventional leadership circumstances. Daunting as this may sound, many principals revel in small rural school settings, achieving success and professional enjoyment due in large part to the ways in which they address these particular challenges. They have recast contextual challenges as opportunities, which is the focus of this chapter.
ISBN 1138817317
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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