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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620600
Title:
Enhancing school leadership through an international study visit
Authors:
Cramp, Andy
Abstract:
This paper explores the outcomes of a school leadership study visit to India. The research critiques the competency based frameworks common in English leadership development programmes and argues instead, for an approach that challenges assumptions in a fresh context for learning and considers leadership as a process of humanisation. Using Mezirow's 'perspective transformations' as a starting point, the paper briefly outlines what was learned on the visit; but more importantly, the paper focuses on how that learning took place. Activities that proved particularly valuable are discussed. Importantly, the research found that informal opportunities for learning sliding into the spaces around formal events, were often responsible for unexpected and influential perspective transformations and that these opportunities for learning are often undervalued. The research concludes that international study visits where participants agree their own collective agendas and develop a trusted validating community group are more valuable than transmission models of leadership learning. Finally, the paper briefly returns to the notion of leadership as a process of humanisation and suggests that seen in this way, the pursuit of community becomes a more highly valued outcome for leadership learning.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Professional Development in Education
Issue Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620600
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2015.1127271
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Learning in Classrooms, Schools and Communities

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dc.contributor.authorCramp, Andyen
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-17T13:46:03Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-17T13:46:03Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2015.1127271-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620600-
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the outcomes of a school leadership study visit to India. The research critiques the competency based frameworks common in English leadership development programmes and argues instead, for an approach that challenges assumptions in a fresh context for learning and considers leadership as a process of humanisation. Using Mezirow's 'perspective transformations' as a starting point, the paper briefly outlines what was learned on the visit; but more importantly, the paper focuses on how that learning took place. Activities that proved particularly valuable are discussed. Importantly, the research found that informal opportunities for learning sliding into the spaces around formal events, were often responsible for unexpected and influential perspective transformations and that these opportunities for learning are often undervalued. The research concludes that international study visits where participants agree their own collective agendas and develop a trusted validating community group are more valuable than transmission models of leadership learning. Finally, the paper briefly returns to the notion of leadership as a process of humanisation and suggests that seen in this way, the pursuit of community becomes a more highly valued outcome for leadership learning.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.subjectSchoolsen
dc.subjectLeadershipen
dc.subjectReflectionen
dc.subjectInternationalen
dc.subjectCommunityen
dc.titleEnhancing school leadership through an international study visiten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalProfessional Development in Educationen
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