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A Model of Successful School Leadership from the International Successful School Principalship Project

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  • David Gurr

    () (Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Room 708, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia)

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The International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) has been actively conducting research about the work of successful principals since 2001. Findings from four project books and eight models derived from this project are synthesised into a model of successful school leadership. Building on Gurr, Drysdale and Mulford’s earlier model, the work of school leaders is described as engaging within the school context to influence student and school outcomes through interventions in teaching and learning, school capacity building, and the wider context. The qualities a leader brings to their role, a portfolio approach to using leadership ideas, constructing networks, collaborations and partnerships, and utilising accountability and evaluation for evidence-informed improvement, are important additional elements. The model is applicable to all in leadership roles in schools.

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  • David Gurr, 2015. "A Model of Successful School Leadership from the International Successful School Principalship Project," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(1), pages 1-15, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsoctx:v:5:y:2015:i:1:p:136-150:d:46501
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    Keywords

    successful school leadership; leadership; principal; middle level leadership;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • P - Economic Systems
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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