Journal article

Creating successful and unique schools: leadership, context and systems thinking perspectives

David Gurr, Fiona Longmuir, Christopher Reed

JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

PurposeThrough discussion of research about the leadership of two schools, this paper explores the complexity of school leadership and how various contextual elements interact with the work of principals in schools that are attempting to create inclusive, rich, worthwhile and unique schools. A systems thinking leadership and context model is developed to frame the exploration of the two cases, which, in turn, helps inform the veracity and development of the model.Design/methodology/approachThe research reported is broadly based on multiple-perspective case studies that have included individual and/or group interviews with school leaders, teachers, students, parents and/or school council memb..

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