The power of two: sharing leadership for school improvement in Indigenous education

Wilkinson, Louise, McGinty, Sue, and Lewthwaite, Brian (2014) The power of two: sharing leadership for school improvement in Indigenous education. In: Proceedings of the Joint AARE and NZARE Conference. From: AARE-NZARE 2014: Joint AARE and NZARE Conference, 30 November - 4 December 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the existing professional relationships between Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs)/Community Education Counselors (CECs) and principals in Queensland schools. It provides a preliminary understanding of the nature of this relationship, perceptions of what duties IEWs/CECs undertake and what they work on together. This is the first step in a larger research project that aims to examine and transform the IEW/CEC and principal relationship as they respond to demands for school improvement, especially in equity and excellence for Indigenous students through partnerships with their families and community. In the described study questionnaires were completed by north Queensland state school IEWs/CECs and principals. Responses indicated while the IEWs/CECs worked in a wide range of duties that had significant depth and breadth across a school overall, their work with their principals was underestimated at best, or non-existent at worst. The paper concludes by suggesting that this relationship needs to move beyond the operational to much a greater collaboration for shared educational leadership.

Item ID: 38897
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISSN: 1324-9320
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 01:32
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 100%
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