Publication Date: August 3, 2007
Distributed leadership has become an important term for educational policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in the United States and around the world, but there is much diversity in how the term is understood. Some use it as a synonym for democratic or participative leadership. This book examines what it means to take a distributed perspective based on extensive research and a rich theoretical perspective developed by experts in the field. Including numerous case studies of individual schools and providing empirically based accounts of school settings using a distributed perspective, this thorough volume:
James P. Spillane is Olin Chair in Learning and Organizational Change at the School of Education and Social Policy and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. John B. Diamond is Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
“Nobody does it better. Spillane and Diamond expose the myths of distributed leadership on a topic beset with confusion. They lead us through the conceptual minefield with pristine clarity and the authority that comes from deeply grounded knowledge of life in real schools and classrooms.”
John MacBeath, Chair of Educational Leadership, University of Cambridge
“Spillane and Diamond, in the best of research traditions, add to their conception of distributed leadership. Studying real practice enriches their work immeasurably. A must-read for leaders and those who study them!”
—Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching