A Collective Act: Leading a Small School

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Aust Council for Ed Research, 2010 - Education - 149 pages
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A Collective Act: Leading a Small School explores the characteristics of, the context for, and the challenges to successful leadership. The book includes practical and challenging images of leading in a small school. It identifies what the research says about small school leadership and then provides five compelling stories of leading in such settings from various areas of Australia. Together, the research and the cases present a strong argument for better understanding this distinct context of leadership. The book is relevant to small school leaders as it links research with key challenges and how they can be addressed in practical, creative, and innovative ways. Comprehensive and accessible through the case studies and descriptions of learning, it is a useful guide to aspiring small school leaders, as well as those who already find themselves in a leadership position.
 

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Contents

Part 1 Images of small schools
1
1 Size Matters
3
2 A portrait of small schools
11
3 School leadership matters
20
4 Challenges tensions and possibilities
37
5 Networks of leadership learning and support
52
Part 2 Cases of small schools
61
6 Wonga Beach State School Queensland
63
7 St Patricks School Tasmania
79
8 Bourke High School New South Wales
93
9 Rapid Bay and Ramco Primary Schools South Australia
111
10 Murrayville Community College Victoria
127
Part 3 A collective act
141
11 Key messages and challenges for leading a small school
143
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Dr. Michelle anderson, Senior Research Fellow, Teaching, Learning & Leadership at ACER.
Michelle Davis, Principal of Wonga Beach State school, Queensland.
Peter Douglas, Principal of Larmenier Catholic School in St. Leonards (Launceston). He was formerly the Principal of St Patrick's School, Latrobe, Tasmania.
David Lloyd, Principal of Canowindra High School in Central West New South Wales. He was formerly the Principal of Bourke High School, New South Wales.
Barrey Niven, Principal of Ramco Primary School, South Australia. He was formerly the Principal of Rapid Bay Primary School, South Australia.
Hilary Thiele, Principal of Murrayville Community College, Victoria.

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