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Joint Principalship as Contributing Democratic Values to Schooling
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the paper is to contribute understanding about how co-principals who work in fruitful relationships may bring democratic values to schools. The concept of co-principalship is part of the shared and distributed leadership research area. Data from three cases of co-principalship are used as illustrations. When two share the principal position, and develop their principalship through informal negotiation, this democratic and power sharing approach is given symbolic meaning in their school organisation. Joint principalship is a conceptualisation of sharing between principals on a basis of complete collaboration where formal hierarchic equality is in place and work tasks are merged. The work processes that are enhanced by the joint and equal co-principalship have the potential to support the democracy assignment and distributed leadership to be developed in schools. Co-principalship may be the starting point for the distribution of leadership. Distributed leadership involves power sharing, which is spread throughout the organisation – being the hub of developmental democracy in practice. Co-principalship is found to bring a potential of democratic values by role modelling and work processes, spread throughout the school organisation.

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Joint principalship, Democracy assignment, Shared leadership, Distributed leadership
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110041OAI: diva2:768648
The ECER/EERA Conference. September 2-5, 2014, Porto, Portugal.
Delat ledarskap - en alternativ berättelse. Om föreställningar, chefspraktik och lagstiftning.
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-0774
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2015-03-10Bibliographically approved

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