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ABS243 - School leadership development: patterns of interactions in a project team

2.1 Learning and development in onsite communities and online spaces
1:50 PM, Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 (20 minutes)
The need for specific education in school leadership is now recognized worldwide. Several countries have formal education and requirements for one to become a school leader. In many countries, school leaders are offered opportunities for further professional development via programs, networks, teams, which might be more horizontal in their nature than programs at colleges and universities. The purpose of the present article is to gain insight into patterns of interaction evolving in a project team, composed of participants representing professional and positional diversity. The team was established to promote school improvement and school leadership development in a Norwegian context. We explore the kinds of actions performed by the team, and what characterizes the distribution of actions in the team’s work on different problem spaces, as well as how the actions performed connect and intersect into patterns of interactions. The theoretical framework builds on Cultural Historical Activity Theory, and the analysis is based on audio and video data. The study shows that the distribution of actions indicates that the team developed its own vertical structure. The different kinds of actions seem to connect and intersect when the team members are building on and expanding each other’s contributions when working in different problem spaces. Since inter-organizational work has become common in the education of school leaders, and the present study is a single case study, more research is needed to expand the frontier of knowledge.

University of Oslo
University of Oslo