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Type: Journal article
Title: Implementing and investigating distributed leadership in a national university network - SaMnet
Author: Sharma, M.
Rifkin, W.
Tzioumis, V.
Hill, M.
Johnson, E.
Varsavsky, C.
Jones, S.
Beames, S.
Crampton, A.
Zadnik, M.
Pyke, S.
Citation: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2017; 39(2):169-182
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1360-080X
1469-9508
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Manjula D. Sharma, Will Rifkin, Vicky Tzioumis, Matthew Hill, Elizabeth Johnson, Cristina Varsavsky, Susan Jones, Stephanie Beames, Andrea Crampton, Marjan Zadnik and Simon Pyke
Abstract: The literature suggests that collaborative approaches to leadership, such as distributed leadership, are essential for supporting educational innovators in leading change in teaching in universities. This paper briefly describes the array of activities, processes and resources to support distributed leadership in the implementation of a network, the Science and Mathematics Network of Australian University Educators - SaMnet. The research study investigated participating educational innovators’ experiences of distributed leadership using a mixed method approach after 2 years of immersion in SaMnet. Fifty innovators from 100 were surveyed and data analysed to obtain influences of the teams, the institution and SaMnet. Focus groups were used to extract rich descriptions of the experiences of the innovators. The study suggests that distributed leadership as the approach underpinning SaMnet cultivated leadership helping to complement team and institutional influences in a measurable way and to support educational innovators in leading change in university science and mathematics teaching.
Keywords: Collaborative approaches to leadership; communities of practice; distributed leadership; networks for building capacity; science and mathematics education
Description: Published online: 07 Feb 2017
Rights: © 2017 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management
RMID: 0030063979
DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2017.1276660
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