Beyond the power of one : redesigning the work of school principals

Thomson, Pat and Blackmore, Jill 2006, Beyond the power of one : redesigning the work of school principals, Journal of educational change, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 161-177, doi: 10.1007/s10833-006-0003-6.

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Title Beyond the power of one : redesigning the work of school principals
Author(s) Thomson, Pat
Blackmore, JillORCID iD for Blackmore, Jill
Journal name Journal of educational change
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 161
End page 177
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Delft, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 1389-2843
Keyword(s) Australia
case studies
innovative school leadership
principles for redesign of school leadership
Summary There is mounting international research evidence that the work of school principals is increasingly difficult, time consuming and more unattractive to prospective applicants. We suggest that the solution to this situation lies in redesigning the work that principals do. Using the New London Group’s (1996) definition of design as both process and product and as a hybrid of existing resources, we offer five cases of redesign: distributed pedagogical leadership, co-principalship, shared principalship, multi-campus principalship, and community-based principalship. We argue that these examples show that redesigns that focus on the school, rather than on the work of the principal, have more far-reaching effects, but are also much more vulnerable to context. We propose three emerging principles for redesign viz. developing a strong warrant for redesign, attending to infrastructure and building organic relations between school and community.
Notes Published online: 25 August 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10833-006-0003-6
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Springer Science + Business Media
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