Sustainable school capacity building – one step back, two steps forward?

Dinham, Stephen and Crowther, Frank (2011) Sustainable school capacity building – one step back, two steps forward? Journal of Educational Administration, 49 (6). pp. 616-623. ISSN 0957-8234

Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to serve as an introduction to and overview of this special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration entitled 'Building organisational capacity in school education'. The co-editors have solicited contributions from authors in Wales, Australia, Canada, the USA, England, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews past and contemporary approaches to the issue of capacity building in education and in particular, sustainable capacity building. As well as reviewing key researchers and writers in this field, including their own work, the authors foreshadow and synthesise the other seven papers that make up this special issue. Findings – The paper contends that building capacity in schools and schooling, while no means easy, can be both understood and accomplished. However, caution needs to be exercised because hard-fought gains in capacity building and sustainability can be quickly eroded under the influence of poor leadership or extraneous changes. Practical implications – The paper serves as a framework both for the seven papers that follow and more generally for understanding and conceptualising sustainable school capacity building. Originality/value – The paper performs the function of framing current debates and pressures around sustainable school capacity-building in an international theoretical and practical context.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Professor Frank Crowther
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 23:20
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; educational change; international trends; leadership; school capacity-building; sustainability
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/09578231111186926
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19800

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