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Pedagogical leadership in the 21st century: Evidence from the field

Male, T; Palaiologou, I; (2015) Pedagogical leadership in the 21st century: Evidence from the field. Educational Management Administration and Leadership , 43 (2) pp. 214-231. 10.1177/1741143213494889. Green open access

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Abstract

Literature examining effective leadership in education describe a number of models such as Transformational, Learner-Centred, Distributed and Situational. A similar example is ‘pedagogical leadership’, a phrase that frequently appears in literature and one referring to forms of practice that shape and form teaching and learning to be integrated in leadership. In this paper, however, we will argue that the term pedagogy is an ambiguous one when it is attached to the concept of leadership and requires further explanation, particularly in the 21st century. Our conclusions are informed by findings from research undertaken by us with headteachers and leaders of early years settings in England during 2012. One of the key findings is that we should shift from using models of leadership and instead to view leadership as a praxis that is not merely concerned with the dichotomy of teaching, learning and outcomes, but is also concerned with an integrated conceptualisation of the relations between teaching, the learning ecology of the community and the social set of axes in which the educational organisation is set. This understanding of pedagogical leadership is thus concerned with the links between desired educational outcomes and the set of social realities that surround the educational setting.

Type: Article
Title: Pedagogical leadership in the 21st century: Evidence from the field
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1741143213494889
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741143213494889
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013
Keywords: Leadership, pedagogy, praxis, ecology of community, social axes, educational organisations
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473017
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