Community connection and change: a different conceptualization of school leadership

Lewis, Marian (2008) Community connection and change: a different conceptualization of school leadership. Improving Schools, 11 (3). pp. 227-237. ISSN 1365-4802

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Many of our schools are situated in communities characterised by high levels of disadvantage, presenting a range of challenges. One possible response is to acknowledge this disadvantage and to try to address some of the problems it raises for students. Another is for the school to be proactive, recognising the challenges faced by the community and taking a lead in bringing about change. Part of a larger research project, this paper explores the extraordinary leadership role of Prospect Road State School (a pseudonym) in bringing change to a multiply disadvantaged community though collaborative action with other agencies and creative approaches to bringing people together. This school’s experiences and achievement illustrate what may be possible when school leadership proactively sets out to improve a community described by the principal as being ‘in crisis’. The experiences explored indicate ways of rethinking the relationship between school and disadvantaged community – of working synergistically with others to make a significant difference.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's verison deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 08:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: community capacity building; community change; disadvantage; parallel leadership; school-commumnity relationships
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1365480208097742

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