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Joint principalship: a potential support for democratic practice in schools
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN 2002-0317, Vol. 2, 31681Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to discuss the apparent loss of potential for enhancing democratic practice in schools.The findings of previous research about joint principalship stand in contrast to recent changes to the law thatregulates the work of principals. Three examples of successful joint principalship were used as illustrations toilluminate how joint principals may support democratic practice by influencing teachers and pupils. In theseexamples, several qualities of the ways of working and their consequent achievements emerged: thecoordinating process between the principals, productive sharing, role models, the importance of relationshipsand the focus on pedagogic issues. In each of the three examples, joint principalship was found to promotedemocratic practice by serving as a model of democratic cooperation. The conclusion is that the currentEducation Act weakens the possibility of achieving one of its own main goals the ‘democracy assignment’ by hindering the practice of joint principalship.

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2016. Vol. 2, 31681
Keyword [en]
co-principalship, democratic practice, Education Act, joint leadership, school, shared leadership
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134123DOI: 10.3402/nstep.v2.31681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-134123DiVA: diva2:1010171
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Delat ledarskap - en alternativ berättelse
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2016-10-02 Created: 2016-10-02 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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