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Acculturating school leaders as change agents for reform? Mediatory responses to leadership development in England

Wallace, Mike and Tomlinson, Michael 2009. Acculturating school leaders as change agents for reform? Mediatory responses to leadership development in England. Presented at: American Educational Research Association 2009 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, USA, 13-17 April 2009.

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Abstract

Large-scale leadership development initiatives represent a growing instrumental acculturation strategy amongst western governments to support their educational reforms and promote ongoing improvement in schools. England is at the leading-edge of this movement. Its sophisticated initiative centres on the National College for School Leadership, a politically-driven intervention to acculturate school headteachers (principals) and other senior faculty into transformational leadership linked to reform. Extensive qualitative research tracking the evolution of this intervention revealed how mediation--within broad structural limits--is integral to its implementation. The fostered leadership culture interacted with recipients' existing institutional and professional cultures valuing autonomy, stimulating reinterpretation and adaptation. Yet mediation ultimately supported the government's agenda through local adaptation of reforms and independent innovation consistent with the reform thrust.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource management
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25962

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