Parallel leadership: the key to successful school capacity-building

Crowther, Frank (2010) Parallel leadership: the key to successful school capacity-building. Leading and Managing, 16 (1). pp. 16-39. ISSN 1329-4539


This article addresses the somewhat contentious issue of distributed leadership. It derives from a compre-hensive 3-phase research project that focused on the imple-mentation of the IDEAS Project in Victoria, Australia. The article presents a process-based model of capacity-building that was developed out of phases one and twoof the research project. In phase three of the research, the leadership underpinnings of the six ‘dynamics’ in the capacity-building model were explored in detail. Fresh insights about distributed leadership derived from this phase of the research and are outlined in the article.
Based on the research, the article takes the position that distributed leadership is essential to successful capacity-building. It takes the further point that a particular form
of distributed leadership, parallel leadership, is worthy of very serious consideration as a leadership model for school improvement processes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2011 02:40
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; capacity-building; leadership qualities; school administration; educational improvement; capacity building; IDEAS project; distributed leadership; Victoria
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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