Issues in Educational Leadership Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the role of principals in school leadership.
# 146542 | 2,723 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 02, 2011 in Education (Administration) , Education (Curriculum)

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This paper examines the role of the school principal in creating leadership for an educational institution and how new models for administration are developing. In particular, the paper considers the research of Davis and Davis which warns against an aloof administrative approach which is more dominated by bureaucracy rather than an interest in the improvement of education. It further describes the differences between leadership and management. The researchers favor an approach that combines elements of both, stating that leaders should provide a vision and offer a positive example in guiding the organization. The paper concludes by noting the work of other scholars and stating that no one method will work in an educational setting.


Leadership and Management in Education
Forms of Leadership

From the Paper:

"The leadership of the school administration or principalship is often looked upon as the sole determining factoring the curricular standardization and approach which pervades a learning institution. As the Davies & Davies text reveals, the perceived singularity of this leadership is both a product of a fundamental misapprehension of the opportunities for in-school leadership and may be a contributor to a negative educational experience all around. At the heart of this primary text on educational leadership is the notion that too much vested authority in this position will tend to create what he refers to as a 'wall,' which reinforces an improper notion that administration exists above principalship and teaching on a hierarchical scale. A perception which may be shared by all parties, it is likely to cause an improperly aloof administrative approach to leadership which is more dominated by bureaucracy than a true and inquiring interest in the improvement of education."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davies, B. & Davies, B.J. (?). Strategic Leadership. The Essentials of School Leadership.
  • Glass, T. & Bjork, L.G. (2003). The Superintendent Shortage: Findings from Research On School Board. Journal of School Leadership, 13(3).
  • Lashway, L. (2003). Distributed Leadership. Research Roundup, 19(4).
  • Maccoby, M. (2000). Understanding the difference between management and leadership. Research Technology Management, 43(1), 57-59.
  • Robbins, S.P.; Millet, B.; Cacioppe, R. & Waters-Marsh, T. (1998). 'Leadership,' in Organizational Leading and Managing in Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edn. Prentice-Hall, Sydney.

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