Working together to enhance school outcomes: an Australian case study of parallel leadership

Andrews, Dorothy (2008) Working together to enhance school outcomes: an Australian case study of parallel leadership. Leading and Managing, 14 (2). pp. 45-60. ISSN 1329-4539

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This paper reports on the emerging organisational outcomes of a whole school improvement project – IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools)engaged in by a large Australian secondary school. Prior to IDEAS the school had enjoyed a favourable reputation in the community and although still considered a successful school the internal pressures for change were becoming increasingly evident. The newly appointed principal saw a once innovative school struggling and in need of a process that would help the school community work through issues and to decide on a clear direction for the future.
IDEAS engages the whole school in transforming processes and this paper relates the experience of the engagement with IDEAS from two perspectives. The principal provides one perspective with the other coming from the teacher-led IDEAS school management team (ISMT). Both the principal and the teacher group report on the whole school benefits from the experience.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2009 02:22
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: change management; principals; program effectiveness; school administration; school effectiveness; teacher role; case studies; effective schools research; secondary education; Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools (IDEAS)
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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