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Title: Plurality or Linearity: What is the experience of emerging as a school leader in the English context?
Authors: Fox, Alison R. C.
First Published: May-2016
Publisher: Horizon Research Publishing (HRPUB)
Citation: Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2016, 4(5), pp. 1129-1141
Abstract: This study in an English context focused on the development of teachers identified as 'emergent' school leaders. It explored the aspirations and experiences of such leaders, applying a sociocultural view of identity development. Five participants from across school phases, backgrounds and ages were interviewed and generated participant learning logs over 1- 3 years. This paper focuses on the visual representations of these leaders' identity development, to reveal their multiple identities. Whilst identity development was unique, three of the leaders aspired to become senior leaders and two to become 'valued peers'. This paper poses the question as to whether schools and those supporting school leaders fully appreciate and support such plurality?
DOI Link: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040524
ISSN: 2332-3205
eISSN: 2332-3213
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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