Distributed Leadership: Different Perspectives

Front Cover
Alma Harris
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 17, 2009 - Education - 254 pages
Alma Harris The ?eld of school leadership is currently preoccupied with the idea of distributed leadership. Few ideas, it seems, have provoked as much attention, debate and c- troversy. Whatever your position on distributed leadership, and you cannot fail to have one, it is irrefutable that distributed leadership has become the leadership idea of the moment. Yet, it is an idea that can be traced back as far as the mid 20s and possibly earlier. So why the interest? Part of the answer can be found in a move away from theorizing and empirical enquiry focused on the single leader. This shift has undoubtedly been fuelled by structural changes, within schools and across school systems that have resulted in - ternative models or forms of leadership practice. Evidence highlights how those - cupying formal leadership positions are increasingly recognizing the limitations of existing structural arrangements to secure organizational growth and transformation (Fullan et al. , 2007; Harris et al. , 2008; Chapman et al. , 2008). As a consequence, many heads and principals are actively restructuring, realigning and redesigning leadership practice in their school (Harris, 2008). While the terminology to describe such changes varies, the core principle is one of extending or sharing leadership practice. While scholars have long argued for the need to move beyond those at the top of organizations in order to examine leadership (Barnard, 1968; Katz and Kahn, 1966) until relatively recently, much of the school leadership literature has tended tofocusupontheheadortheprincipal.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Setting the Scene
Distributed Leadership What We Know Alma Harris
Empirical Perspectives
Taking a Distributed Perspective in Studying School Leadership and Management The Challenge of Study Operations James P Spillane Eric M Camb...
The Relationship Between Distributed Leadership and Teachers Academic Optimism Blair Mascall Kenneth Leithwood Tiiu Strauss and Robin Sacks
Distributed Leadership in Schools Does System Policy Make a Difference? Philip Hallinger and Ronald H Heck
Practical Perspective
The Relationship Between Distributed Leadership and Action Learning in Schools A Case Study Stephen Dinham
Future Perspectives
Distributed Leadership Democracy or Delivery? Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink
From Distributed to Hybrid Leadership Practice Peter Gronn
Fit for Purpose An Educationally Relevant Account of Distributed Leadership VMJ Robinson
Alma Harris
Author Index
Subject Index

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Dr Alma Harris is internationally known for her research and writing on educational leadership and school improvement. She started her career as a secondary school teacher in South Wales before moving into business development and starting her own company. After completing her PhD at the University of Bath, she held senior academic posts at the Open University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick. As Professor of Educational Leadership at Warwick she also held the post of Director of the Institute of Education for four years. In 2009, she was appointed Pro-Director and Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London.During her career, Alma has worked with various governments and agencies around the world supporting their school and system improvement work. In 2010- 12, she was seconded to the Welsh Government as a Senior Policy Adviser to assist with the process of system wide reform which involved co-leading the National Professional Learning Communities programme and developing a Masters qualification for all newly qualified teachers. Her on-going development work for the World Bank focuses on supporting schools in challenging contexts in Russia, working with a team from the [1]Moscow Higher School of Economics . She is also currently co-leading the Disciplined Collaboration and Evaluation of Professional Learning programme for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).Alma is President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement[2] which is an organisation dedicated to quality and equity in education. At present, she is Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership[3], University of Malaya and is leading a major two-year research study focusing on leadership policy and leadership practice in Asia.

[1] National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Institute for Educational studies

[2] http: //www.icsei.net/

[3] http: //ikp.um.edu.my/

Bibliographic information