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Effective Support Mechanisms for those in the Formative Stages of Middle Leadership: A Case Study in the Secondary Independent Education Sector

Irvine, PA (2017) Effective Support Mechanisms for those in the Formative Stages of Middle Leadership: A Case Study in the Secondary Independent Education Sector. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

This study looks at two areas that have been 'blind spots' in the education discourse thus far: middle leadership and independent education. Using a case study method, 20 middle leaders and 5 senior leaders were interviewed over a 22 month period. The 750 items of data that emerged were then coded into 40 codes, nested within six main themes. These findings revealed the challenges faced by newly appointed middle leaders as well as the opportunities available to them. The findings are combined with leadership development models from around the globe to recommend an empirically informed programme of what should be contained within a middle leadership development programme, along with how it should be delivered.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Middle leader; Leadership development; Educational experience; Independent education; Skills acquisition; Programme of professional development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 09:41
Supervisors: Brundrett, M
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6669

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