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Becoming an educational leader – exploring leadership in medical education
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3345-3810
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4577-4304
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Leadership in Education, ISSN 1360-3124, E-ISSN 1464-5092Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Research on educational leadership emphasizes the importance of having institutional leaders heavily involved with advanced instructional programming. Best practices for developing educational leadership in higher education health care and medical faculties have to be better understood. Within the framework of a seminar series, researchers and practitioners were involved in a dialogical process of inquiry, coupled with an explicit activity-oriented approach emphasizing empowerment among educational leaders. In a reflective paper, 10 participants of the seminar series elaborated on what it meant to develop and to ‘take’ leadership in your professional role and which factors that were identified as adding value to the development of professional leadership expertise. Qualitative content analysis was conducted resulting in thirteen categories reported in relation to Wenger’s theory of communities of practice. The findings show that educational leadership involves processes on the levels of students, teachers as community and at the organizational level. The individuals created a place for backstage conversations at which they got opportunity to develop their thinking and inspiration to break new ideas into their own educational communities. In addition, a systemic approach is essential for the effective implementation of educational leadership to reach all levels via interaction and communication across an organization.

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educational leadership, communities of practice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137058DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2015.1114152OAI: diva2:1058941
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2016-12-21 Last updated: 2016-12-23

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