Building leadership capacity and enacting school improvement policy: voices from the field

Abawi, Lindy-Anne and Leach, Tania and Raitelli, Julie (2018) Building leadership capacity and enacting school improvement policy: voices from the field. International Journal of Education, 10 (1). pp. 106-124.

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Education contexts engaging in reform, operate in complex environments that require the coherent implementation of education policies. Research highlights that systems that support shared leadership, strong communication practices and a sharp focus on the articulation of shared beliefs, are positioned to support strong policy interpretation though the enactment of school improvement strategies. This paper explores the inter-connected roles of a system middle leader (regional Project Officer) and a school leader (Principal) in interpreting and enacting systemic policy and direction in a state primary school within a regional context in Queensland, Australia. The case study utilised the regional Project Officer and Principal participants as co-researchers and captured their experiences through recorded narratives and narrative inquiry conversations. The thematic data analysis provides useful information about how school leaders can work with system middle leaders and their own school’s teaching teams to proactively grow the capacity, credibility and strength of teachers to translate policy into enacted school improvement strategies.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available under Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 01:37
Last Modified: 16 May 2018 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy translation; policy enactment; shared leadership; teacher leadership system/school leadership; narrative, case study
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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