Distributed Leadership

Different Perspectives

  • Alma Harris

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alma Harris
      Pages 3-10
    3. Alma Harris
      Pages 11-21
  3. Empirical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. James P. Spillane, Eric M. Camburn, James Pustejovsky, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Geoff Lewis
      Pages 47-80
    3. Blair Mascall, Kenneth Leithwood, Tiiu Strauss, Robin Sacks
      Pages 81-100
    4. Philip Hallinger, Ronald H. Heck
      Pages 101-117
  4. Practical Perspective

  5. Conceptual Theoretical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Karen Seashore Louis, David Mayrowetz, Mark Smiley, Joseph Murphy
      Pages 157-180
    3. Andy Hargreaves, Dean Fink
      Pages 181-193
  6. Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. A. Harris
      Pages 241-243

About this book


This book argues that the educational environment in many countries has shifted so dramatically and so permanently that we urgently need to re-consider what we understand by educational leadership and educational leadership practice. It focuses on distributed leadership and draws on the emerging evidence about the possibilities and shortcomings of this form of leadership and draws upon the latest empirical findings from studies in different countries that have focused on the relationship between distributed forms of leadership and organizational change. The main aim is to offer contemporary, comparative and challenging accounts of distributed leadership practice.

Distributed Leadership – Different Perspectives outlines current understandings, findings and limitations of the concept of distributed leadership. It brings together different international perspectives on distributed leadership as well as looking at distributed leadership through three major lenses – the empirical, the interpretive and the critical. Leading writers in the field offer contemporary analysis and reflection on the theme and also consider the future issues, challenges and directions for distributed leadership.


Educational Leadership democracy learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Alma Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonBedford WayLondon WCIH OAL

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