Investigating the Possibility of Distributed Leadership in Schools in Cyprus: A Qualitative Case Study in a Public Upper Secondary School

Antoniou, Anna (2011) Investigating the Possibility of Distributed Leadership in Schools in Cyprus: A Qualitative Case Study in a Public Upper Secondary School. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study is an attempt to investigate whether distributed leadership is developed in practise in Cypriot schools from the point of view of six people which are employed in a public upper secondary school. This particular school is

involved in this study in order to shed some light on the wider situation in Cyprus.

The methodology followed in this study was a qualitative case study. The semistructured interviewing method was used to collect data from three teachers, one assistant head teacher, one assistant head teacher A and one head teacher. The data were presented by a multiple case design, while the data analysis was performed by the method of cross-checking data.

Results showed that although the centralisation of the educational system prevents the development of distributed leadership, there seems to be a basis of this development. Moreover, the attitude of a head teacher on leadership seems

to be a determinant factor in the emergence of distributed leadership, as well as the willingness of the school staff to take on responsibilities.

These results appear to go beyond this particular school, as the participants expressed their thoughts and understandings about leadership in education and

generally, about the educational system of Cyprus. However, the findings are based on the perceptions of only six persons; thus, they cannot be generalised. Therefore, extensive research is needed involving a higher number of schools and teachers.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 12:12
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 07:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/25531

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